Update – Restoring an Old Neglected Beech Tree – See below for more information on care and cultivation.
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Beginner’s guide, tips and information on how to care and maintain your Bonsai Beech Trees and is for all levels of abilities. See below for a care and maintenance summary.
This Video is Part 3, continuation …about restoring a neglected old Beech (Fagus) bonsai tree. I acquired this tree in September 2013 for the widow of the owner and had to go to wirral, near Liverpool. According to the widow and the daughter the owner was the founder member and chairman of the Wirral Bonsai Society. It was apparent that the trees had been neglected, possible due to the ill health of the owner. The tell tale signs were there, such as the trees had not been pruned and the new growth was long and leggy, coupled with all the growth on one side. This is caused due to lack of the trees being turned round to promote even growth on all sides. I initially wired the branches to improve placement to areas were there was not growth and no branches. Then I worked on it in September 2014 and this work is recorded in Part 1. I am enjoying restoring this tree back to its glory days as the widow advised me that this was a show tree and had won at bonsai exhibitions, was probably a long time ago, hopefully it will be better than before as it is older and more mature.
These trees are natives of native to temperate Europe, Asia and North America.
Fagus sylvatica also known as the European Beech or the Common beech. These trees have a flush of growth in the spring and need summer pruning. These are deciduous trees are winter hardy. They lose their leaves in the autumn.
These trees can be placed in full sun or partial shade. Good bonsai soil mix is preferable for good drainage.
As the trees are in little pots, the goodness from the bonsai soil mix doesn’t last long so they need to be fed. I use variety of fertlisers, including chicken pallets, chempack 10:10:10 seaweed extract and what every else is handy. My feeding regime starts in spring and goes through to almost the end of autumn.
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