Larch, also known by its scientific name Larix, is a tall coniferous Bonsai that grows in many varieties.
What they all have in common are their hardy and low-maintenance care, along with gorgeous buds that appear in the springtime.
Despite weathering extreme cold and lack of sunlight, the Larix will without a doubt bounce back every single year with its vibrant colors of leaves and flower buds.
Care Guidelines For Larch Bonsai
As a rule of thumb, most conventional plants need bright indirect light, out of the way of direct rays. Larch Bonsai are one of many exceptions. Don’t be surprised if you find that they are able to soak up full sun during the hot afternoons, without any of the leaves being scorched. Continue to provide the brightest light possible and adjust when necessary.
If you only take away one thing from this guide, let it be this: do not let your Larch Bonsai dry out!
During the summer, keep watering your Bonsai so the soil is constantly damp, but never waterlogged or swampy. Ideally, soil should remain moderately moist. Winter is a different story, as time between waterings will reduce as the Larch enters a period of dormancy. During spring and summer, however, continuously check in with your Larix to ensure the soil is not dehydrated.
Soil And Fertilising
Like most tropical plants, fertilizer should only be added during an active growth period. For Larch Bonsai, this mainly means spring and summer, when new leaves and buds are starting to emerge. Between active growth, March to September, fertilize every four weeks to ensure your Bonsai is not deficient of essential nutrients to grow.
Transporting a Bonsai from one pot to another can be quite an adjustment, especially for a Bonsai plant. Once given time to gradually adjust to its new home, the Larix will continue to be low maintenance and carefree. If you need to repot your Bonsai and it is an absolute must, wait until springtime to repot to give your Larch the best chance at survival.
What sets Larch Bonsai apart is its ability to survive harsh winters. The Larix is known for being extremely hardy during the winter, becoming more and more resilient every time the following spring season comes back around. While you may choose to overwinter, it is not necessary to overwinter.
Our goal is to make sure you feel prepared to take on a stunning Larch Bonsai in your green space. Enjoy all the care tips you need for a Larch Bonsai to keep it healthy and thriving for many years to come.
Potential Pests and Diseases
Luckily, the Japanese Larch is not a first pick for harmful insects. Unfortunately, pest infestation is still possible, even if it is unlikely. In the unlikely case you find some unwanted visitors in your Larix, such as aphids, take action immediately to reduce damage.