Care - The Hawaiian Umbrella Tree
by Lee Dobbins
Bonsai trees are dwarf trees that can be a fun and creative hobby.
These miniature trees are grown in containers and training and nurturing
them is an artistic endeavor that can be enjoyed by most anyone.
One favorite type of bonsai is the Hawaiian umbrella tree. This
tree has thick leaves that form a lush canopy. In spring it blooms
with red flowers in a wonderful show of color. This bonsai is very
hardy and adaptable, and therefore quite easy to maintain.
You can propogate the Hawaiian umbrella tree through both cuttings
and seeds. When starting out a plant, you should provide it with
full sun so that it can grow a thick dense foliage. Once this is
accomplished, you can bring it inside and put it in a sunny window
or brightly lit spot. You may find that the tree tends to drop leaves
after you move it indoors - don't be alarmed as this is just it's
way of getting used to the new environment. Once it is acclimated,
it will grow it's lush canopy of leaves again.
While the umbrella tree does not need pinching or training like
some other bonsai, it does need regular pruning as the shoots do
sprout rapidly. While rather easy to maintain, you must keep a constant
vigil against pests and disease. As with any bonsai, the soil quality
for the Hawaiian umbrella tree is key to key to it's successful
growth. Plant in a mix of acidic and mildly alkaline soil for best
Water is also important and your umbrella tree should be misted
and watered about every other day. Don't let the soil dry out as
this can have adverse affects on the health of your plant. On the
other hand, you don't want to water it too much either! You should
soak the soil and allow the water to drain - no standing water and
do not let the soil become overly dry. If you see the leaves turning
black, this is in indication that you are watering too much, if
they tips turn up then you are not watering enough.
Bonsai trees can last a very long time if properly cared for.
Many people don't stop at one tree and you can collect and grow
several different varieties for your own miniature garden. There
are many groups devoted to this hobby where you can share your experience
and learn from others.
Although it is fun to share your hobby with others, always keep
your umbrella tree away from children and pets because it can be
About the Author
Lee Dobbins write for bonsai.garden-corner.com where you can learn
more about the different types of bonsai
corner garden and their care.