Zelkova bonsai plants are known for being resistant to many of the diseases that commonly harm other species. They are typically associated with the broom style. This portrays a deciduous tree that has not been influenced by environmental factors. Zelkova plants are native to China and Japan, and they are related to elm trees. There are two species of Zelkova trees, and both are used to produce bonsai plants.
Harpur Centre Florist celebrated its 20th year in business last September. A family run business, we pride ourselves on only selling the best. We came across a massive bonsai nursery when on a buying expedition near Canton in China back in 2001. It was like the rolling hills of Devon with bonsai as far as the eye could see. They estimated they had 4 million trees of all sizes. It was very impressive. Upon our return to Europe we teamed up with a Dutch wholesalers and are now able to supply all over the UK.
Over the years we have attended all the major show events including the ideal home shows in Manchester and Olympia, London and C4 Grand Designs shows. We supply to the trade and have a number of prestigious bonzia companies that we serve.
All of the trees are of top quality, disease free and each has an EU passport certificate number.
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Scientific/Botanical Name: Zelkova serrata
• Description: This is a deciduous tree with a distinctly upright habit. The branches create a wide and beautifully-shaped arc. This tree is heavily favoured for use in the art of bonsai, and it is particularly suited to the broom style.
• Position: This tree is grown outdoors in a sunny aspect: A situation that receives full morning sun and filtered afternoon sunlight is optimal. If exposed to hot afternoon sun, leaf-burn will occur. If intense sun cannot be avoided, the use of some form of screening device is advisable. This tree must be given protection in areas where frost poses a threat.
• Watering: The depth of the container and the climate will determine the watering schedule. To keep the soil moist, twice-daily watering may be required for shallower pots in hot, sunny locations. Less water is required in colder months, but soil should not be allowed to dry out.
• Feeding: Regular feeding with an organic fertilizer is beneficial to the tree – and this should be carried out from spring to fall. A feeding schedule can either entail the application of half-strength fertilizer on a weekly basis, or the application of full-strength fertilizer every two weeks.
• Leaf and Branch Pruning: Branches and twigs that spoil the look and symmetrical shape of the tree should be eliminated. Care should be taken during the removal of the sprouts that form on the branches and the trunk of the tree.
• Re-potting & Growing Medium: Young trees should be re-potted every spring for greatest success. More mature trees need to be re-potted every second or third year, usually when the roots become pot-bound. A rich but easily-drained soil is best, and the addition of Fuji grit is an excellent amendment that aids drainage. When planting or re-potting, it is imperative that dry soil is used, and pressure should not be applied to the soil. Instead, the soil should be settled by a gentle back and forth shaking of the container. Once the tree is planted or re-potted, it should be watered immediately.
• Wiring: Best carried out during the summer months. Great care should be exercised to prevent damage to the thin branches that can be easily broken.
Zelkova bonsai is highly resistant to diseases. Roots of immature plants are apt to appear above soil level. These need to be covered with a thin layer of soil to ensure thicker roots. More mature roots may be left above the soil for an appealing and visual impact. The green leaves of the tree impart a sweet-smelling fragrance during cold weather, but the fragrance is no longer discernible once the leaves have changed colour.