For those who are new at the art of bonsai trees, the Weeping Willow is often not recommended as a primary choice for a beginner. This type of bonsai tree is better for those who have the better experience with maintenance and tools. This is in large part due to its quick and unusual growth patterns. However, for those who love this art, the Weeping Willow bonsai tree can be a worthy challenge and definitely a good choice.
The Japanese Weeping Willow exhibits everything from movement and grace to fluidity and harmony. These same traits are just some of the few that make weeping willows a favorite in landscapes across the world – traits that translate to a remarkably pleasing bonsai. The Japanese Weeping Willow tree has a slender, fine form introduces a light, airy presence wherever it is placed. The leaves will shed in the fall, which highlights the bonsai’s elegant silhouette.
Soil: Weeping willows thrive on water-retaining acidic soils. This exclusive soil type is known as “akadama” in vernacular terminology. The soil is reddish-brown in color and slows down the growth of deciduous trees. This property is especially beneficial for bonsai plants and imparts a stylish shape to its canopy.
Cutting & Pruning: The plant requires frequent pruning for growth. You can shape and prune the tree using sharp scissors, on daily or weekly basis however you should refrain from cutting new shoots. Trim the older branches up to a few centimeters in order to maintain its ornamental structure.
Temperature: The plant requires warm temperatures (about 25-35 degrees Celsius) and bright white light for full growth. Freezing temperatures and frost can damage its delicate roots. Therefore, you should expose it to moisture, soft wind and full direct sunlight. Place it on your window sill to fulfill its heat requirements.
Water: If your bonsai are receiving direct sunlight for more than 10 hours every day, it’s necessary to water them twice. However, you can apply little quantities of water all throughout the day, when the soil appears hard and dry.
Fertilization: Multi-purpose, water-soluble liquid fertilizers complement the growth of weeping willow bonsai. Remember to add fertilizers to the plant roots at least once a month (leaving winters). Reduce the strength of fertilizer to its half before using it. Your bonsai respond well to foliar feeding as well. You can spray the fertilizers on branches, leaves, and stems.
Pest Protection: Willows attract mealybugs, spider mites, and other seasonal insects. Therefore, you need to spray organic pesticides on the canopy of your trees from time to time.
As the weeping willow bonsai matures with time, it gets covered with soft white budding blossoms and curvy young shoots that resemble the color of emerald stones, which makes it a perfect match for decorating patios and decks or indoor holiday decorations. If you care for it in the appropriate way, it’ll stay beautiful, strong and healthy for several years to come.