Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Detailing Taxus Yew and Bonsai

How to continue care of the Taxus Yew

Bonsai plants are grown from seeds, cuttings, or purchased in nurseries. The seeds or cuttings include the Taxus Yew, which is the family of Taxaceae. The plants require care, such as proper lighting, temperature, ventilation, pots, cleaning, growth, re-potting, soil, and pruning. The basics can help you produce quality bonsai plants. Still, you must consider wiring, water, sprays, pests, feeding, and diseases to maintain a healthy bonsai.

To get started let’s learn how to care for your bonsai:
Sunlight is essential to plants, since it promotes the photosynthesis stage, as well as overall growth. The Taxus Yew requires adequate sunlight yet it can stomach shade. If the plant is situated in semi-shaded environments in heated climates, the plant can grow well. The Taxus family, unlike other bonsais’ can also stand frosts. The mountain plant is bested suited in its habitat however.

Taxus family can withstand winy environments, especially the hedged plants. You will need a deep pot to start the growth of the Taxus Yew and re-pot the plant as it starts to age. The aged Yew desires profundity balanced with the width of the trunk. You should re-pot the Yew three to four years, transplanting the tree into a larger pot. When you re-pot the Yew, cut any damage from the roots, including dead roots.

How to clean:
In the fall, you will need to remove the dead needles. Throughout growth, you will need to remove any debris or dying parts from all areas of the tree.

How to soil:
Calcareous soil and chalky soil is the suited earth for growing Yew. Calcareous soil contains elements of calcium carbonates. You will need one-third leaf mould, one-third course sand, and 1/3 soil, or loam.

How to prune:
Pruning requires pressing back the shoots, especially at its adolescent stage. The shoots should be pinched back during spring and fall, which you should pinch the shoots back at the side branches. You can wait until the tree develops flowers before pinching back the shoots, especially if you want to grow fruit. If the tree is the female specie, you will need male pollen to grow fruits.

Pruning the Yew in spring and fall is ideal for training bonsai. Prune the side branches that stick out, and cut the top clumps, or tuft of the needles.

How to wire:
Do not wire the Taxus Yew at what time the tree is growing new shoots. If you want to shape the Taxus Yew as the bonsai, wire the tree for shaping in September and March.

How to water:
Water the Taxus Yew moderately and habitually without adding too much water, or too little water.

How to feed:
Feeding the plants at slow growth stage will help your Taxus Yew grow healthy. Spring and fall is the best time to start feeding your plant, which you want to increase feeding at the last month in the fall. DO not feed the Taxus Yew during the months of July and August. DO not feed the plants in poor conditions, or if you have recently re-potted the bonsai.

How to spray:
In hot climates, you will need to spray the Taxus Yew. If the tree is standing in areas where no shade is available, DO NOT sprays the tree. The common pests that bug the Taxus Yew are the galls, weevils, tortrix, and the scale insects. The common disease that affects the Taxus family is found at the stem and roots, which include decomposing. The Tortrix, in case you are wondering is a type of caterpillar.

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