Bonsai Training Information

Fagus sylvatica
Green Beech, Common Beech, Beech

The Green Beech, is Native to most of Central Europe and grows to a Magnificent 40m. Has many commercial uses including Wood whichis usd for furniture and other indoor uses; its Leaves, Nuts and Oil which are used in culinary and medicinal preparation. It makes a lovely Medium to Large Bonsai and is Popluar in Forest Groups.

Styles:

Formal upright, Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Semi-cascade, Rock-over-root, Clasped-to-rock, Twin-trunk, Clump, Group planting, Saikei

Location:

Outdoor

Position:

Full sun, but semi-shade in midsummer.

Watering:

Frequently, especially during hot weather, to prevent the edges of the leaves from drying out. Reduce watering in winter.



Feeding:

Feed every two weeks until the end of summer. Start with a high nitrogen fertiliser in spring, switching to low nitrogen fetiliser in late summer.

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

Structural branch pruning best carried out late autumn. Prune stem back to 2 leafs as it develops 3/4 leaf on the stems.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

Repotting can be undertaken in Autumn or in Spring, before bud burst, every 2-3 years for young plants and every 4-5 years for older ones. Better to carry out heavier root work during Autumn Repotting. Tolerates a wide range of soils but prefers well drained acid soil mediums. 1 Part Loam, 1 Part Peat, 2 Parts Sharp Sand. (1 Part Akadama, 1 Part Fuji Grit)

Wiring:

Genrerally not necessary. Use stem and bracnh pruning to shape. If wired, protect bark as it is delicate and prone to scaring.

Notes:

Because of its large leaves, beech is generally reserved for medium to large size bonsai. Because beech grows so slowly, it is a long- term project to grow a specimen beech. This is why young beech are often used in forest plantings.


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