Loropetalum Indoor Bonsai ~ Chinese Blush Tree

The Loropetalum is a stunning bonsai which exhibits rich purple foliage and striking hot -pink flowers usually during summer months.

The loropetalum is a member of the witch-hazel family and makes a dramatic indoor bonsai which is suitable for experienced bonsai growers and beginners to the art of bonsai.

The basic care instructions are listed below:
Chinese Blush Tree Bonsai
Loropetalum Chinensis Rubrum

The Chinese Blush Tree is a member of the Witch-Hazel family and displays stunning purple foliage and bright pink spidery flowers. This is undoubtedly the most striking and colourful indoor bonsai.

Your bonsai is a living tree and with the right care it should live for many years. We hope that your bonsai brings pleasure to your home.

During winter place your bonsai in the brightest place possible, trying to avoid hot objects like radiators and televisions. Good daylight is essential to the trees health. In summer time beware of hot south facing windows, a little sunlight morning or evening is beneficial, but too much and your bonsai could over heat.

To aid the health of your bonsai place it on a humidity tray. This will catch the water draining through the holes in the bottom of the bonsai pot. This water will create some humidity around your bonsai. Please take care that the tray does not overflow onto your furniture and make sure that your bonsai does not sit in the water.

Watering is the most important part of growing bonsai. Check your bonsai morning and evening to see if it needs watering. If the soil looks dark and feels wet then it will not require watering. Only when the soil looks light brown and feels damp will your bonsai require more water. Water thoroughly all over the soil until the water drains through into a tray or saucer. Never let your bonsai dry out and avoid keeping it constantly wet. The soil should go from wet to damp between watering. Remember the hotter the position the more water your bonsai will use. If the soil surface becomes hard during hot weather simply submerge your bonsai in water, to cover the soil surface, for about ten minutes.

To maintain the artistic grace and beauty of your bonsai it will need to be pruned regularly. Once new shoots have grown to about 2-3cm, using a sharp pair bonsai scissors carefully cut back to the first pair of new leaves.

To keep your bonsai strong and healthy we recommend the use of a good bonsai fertiliser. Bonsai fertiliser, an informative DVD and further advice are available from our website, www.bonsaidirect.co.uk

A bonsai is a living work of art and seasonal changes can sometimes be experienced.

2 thoughts on “Loropetalum Indoor Bonsai ~ Chinese Blush Tree”

  • andrew campbell

    My loropetalum is not doing too well.The leaves have started to dry out although it is well watered and is not near a radiator in fact i thought perhaps they don't like the cold .Please advise and will it recover and sprout new foliage?

    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Andrew, thank you for your enquiry.
      Although the loropetalum is a hardy bonsai they do not like the cold (unless out of leaf outside).
      They are a bonsai which do not like too much water. Are they drying out on the tips of the leaves first?
      The symptoms of over-watering can look very like the bonsai has dried out - this is because the roots begin to rot and then the bonsai cannot take the water up efficiently,
      If you could send us a photo that would be great but also please only water when barely damp.
      Kind regards

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