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Japan Pepper, Zanthoxylum Piperitum, Bonsai Tree Care Sheet

Hardy/ Easy To Keep/ Deciduous/ Good Bonsai tree for beginners

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This care guide describes how to look after a Japan Pepper Bonsai tree. This species is very easy to look after and makes a very attractive subject for indoor Bonsai.  It has dark green, glossy leaves which can turn yellow in autumn.  In early summer greenish-yellow flowers appear, these are followed by tiny red berries, giving this species a lot of visual interest throughout the year. This species was only recently introduced to the west as Bonsai but is fast becoming a popular easy to keep indoor Bonsai tree.

Where To Keep Them/Watering.

The Japan Pepper is originally from China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan, although this is a is a hardy species it should be treated as an indoor Bonsai.  Place your Bonsai tree in a bright position such as a window sill, you can put your Bonsai out side during summer and position it in full sun.  Make sure your tree is well watered throughout the growing season, in winter keep the compost just moist.

Repotting/Wiring/Feeding/And Pruning. 

You should repot your Japan Pepper Bonsai tree every other year, the best time to do this is in mid spring although because this is an indoor Bonsai subject you could repot at any time of year.  This Bonsai species has very stiff branches which can't be wired using conventional methods, to wire these Bonsai trees you should use guy wires to position the branches, these guy wires need to be left on for at least a year so that the branches set in place, if you have bought a ready trained Bonsai, you shouldn't need to worry about this.  Apply a good Bonsai fertilizer about once a month for Japan Peppers although you should refer to the instructions on your fertilizer as the instructions vary from product to product.  Hard pruning is only necessary if you plan to restructure the branches of your Bonsai, during the growing season keep your Bonsai tree in shape by pruning new growth and pinching out the growing tips when two or three sets of leaves have sprouted. If you follow the advice shown here you wont go far wrong, however the best advice I could give you is to buy yourself a good book about Bonsai trees, this will give you a broader understanding of the subject and you will learn tips and tricks to keep your Bonsai healthy, I'm giving you this piece of advice speaking from experience as it helped me a lot when I first started in Bonsai.

I hope this care sheet has been of interest and helpful to you, if so you might want to read the other care sheets on this site.



























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