Weeping Willow Bonsai: An Enchanting
Addition to Any Garden
The Weeping Willow Bonsai is a very elegant, fast growing bonsai that is a perfect addition to any household or
garden. Originating in China, the Weeping Willow Bonsai tree can also be found in the United States. It can be
planted outdoors or kept as an indoor houseplant.
The Weeping Willow Bonsai grows up to one foot a month, which makes if a difficult tree to grow. It’s branches
must be trained so that they incline downward to give it the weeping effect. The branches will grow upward
initially and from the upward branches long branches that flow downward will grow. Sometimes the branches do not
cooperate by growing downward so the bonsai technique of using wires to train them works wonderfully.
The tree’s growth is so fast that it requires pruning many times a year. To prune it, pinch the new shoots so
that the branches can grow naturally. It is important that the tree is pruned at the right time of the year or it
will have a hard time recovering. Pruning new growth should be done during the growing season so that it can retain
its shape. Mid autumn is when it is best to prune old growth (hard wood).
For successful growth it is important that the tree is re-potted yearly. Re-potting should be done in the late
winter or early spring when its buds being to swell. The tree should be root bound before re-potting. It can be
carefully removed from its pot to check if it is root bound or not. If it is not root bound it should be carefully
placed back into its original pot to continue growing. When re-potting the bonsai tree, the soil should be removed
from the tree by hand and then the roots combed out from the underneath using a bonsai comb. A third of the roots
should be pruned with scissors and small wedges cut around the root base so that the fresh soil can collect and
keep it healthy. It should be gently repositioned in the pot and soil added by hand.
It not only takes a lot of persistence to train the tree to grow correctly; it requires a lot of water. It can
not go longer than two weeks without water. It should be planted in soil that retains water, so that it will never
dry out, but has good drainage so that its roots do not sit in water to rot. This will kill the tree. The best time
of the day to water it is early in the day. It should be watered thoroughly so that moisture gets to all of its
roots. It is also important that the tree is fed regularly, it requires fertilizer that contains potash, nitrogen
and phosphoric acid.
Like all Bonsai’s the Weeping Willow requires lots of indirect sunlight each day. It should never be put in
direct sunlight. Its leaves will burn if it is placed in direct sunlight.
The Weeping Willow Bonsai tree is an enchanting tree that is a little bit of a challenge to grown and maintain
however, if carefully cared for can be a wonderful addition to any household or garden.