Bonsai Training Information

Pinus halepensis
Aleppo Pine

The Aleppo Pine is native to the Mediterranean region, growing from sea level to about 200 meter. It is closely related to the Canary Island Pines and Turkish Pine. Its resin is used for chewing and in curing Greek wine.


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




Full Sun to Partial Shade, protect from frost in cooler months.


Prefers a dryish soil, water regularly but only when the soil surface has dried out. Never allow the soil to dry out completely. Misting is appreciated spring and autumn.


Every two weeks, between spring and autumn, using liquid bonsai food or organic fertiliser. During the hottest of months, discontinue feeding. Apply a chelated iron supplement several times yearly.

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

New growth should be pinched, not clipped, several times in spring, when shoots are about 1 inch long. Completely remove the strongest of candles leaving only 2-3 candles per cluster. Do major pruning in early fall. Never remove all needles.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

In general, every 3-4 year in early to mid-spring, before new growth expands, or in early fall. Older specimens (+10 years) may be repotted every 5 years. Prune roots upto a 1/3. Use fast-draining soil mix, 1 part Loam, 1 part peat, 1 part sharp sand. Or use 1 Part Akadama and 1 Part Pumice. Protect from full sun for a few weeks after repotting.


Wire between late autumn and winter.


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