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With Zierapfel you will experience bonsai art in its most beautiful form. In order for the flowering and decorative fruit tree to meet all expectations as a mini tree, important guidelines must be observed in the context of care. This is how a crabapple thrives as a magical bonsai.

Crabapples make very pretty bonsai trees

The perfect location sets the course

The best care program will come to nothing if a crab apple lacks sun. Therefore, place the bonsai pot in a sunny and warm location that does not get under the blazing midday sun. In the open air, we also recommend a wind-protected location so that the beautiful blossoms are not tousled.

How to water and fertilize properly

The water and nutrient requirements of a crabapple hybrid as a bonsai are at the same high level as under normal conditions in the tub - scaled to the mini format. How to water and fertilize in the right ratio:

  • Never allow the substrate to dry out
  • On warm summer days, water several times a day if necessary
  • Fertilize sparingly in March/April
  • Increase the nutrient supply in proportion to flowering and fruit set

We recommend using an organic bonsai fertilizer. With preparations such as Bio C3 Spread Fertilizer or Saidung Ultra, you specifically avoid the risk of salinity. At intervals of 14 days, administer 1 tablespoon of fertilizer granules per 50 square centimeters of substrate surface and water again. In August, switch to a potassium fertilizer to increase winter hardiness. From September to February, stop feeding.

Cutting requires rethinking

With regard to the pruning, the ornamental apple as a bonsai is out of the ordinary. Continuous pruning is not recommended so that you can enjoy the full enjoyment of magnificent flowers and distinctive fruit. Instead, let the wood grow unhindered into July. Only then do you reach for the scissors to shorten the branches.

In late winter, thin out the crown thoroughly and only shorten shoots that are too long to the desired length. On this occasion, inward and too dense branches are also removed.


At a young age, vehement growth determines the cultivation of a crabapple bonsai. At the beginning of each year, repot the shrub into a larger pot. A mix of 70 percent Akadama and 30 percent gravel has proven itself as a substrate for young trees. In old age, the proportion of gravel is reduced to 10 percent in favor of 20 percent humus.

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