The Prunus Mume – An Apricot Bonsai Tree
March 30th, 2017
A lot of people have heard of bonsai trees, but a lot of people are unaware that bonsai fruit trees can be created, which is a standard fruit tree that has been trained to grow into a small size. These small trees produce fruit which is edible, but in small size. Some of the more common choices include lemon, tangerine, apple, fig, peach, lime, and cherry.
The Prunus Mume is a bonsai tree that originated in China, and is cultivated for its fruit and flowers. Although it is normally called a plum, it is actually closer to the apricot, and so is also known as an apricot bonsai tree.
Flowers On An Apricot Bonsai
The flowers on the tree come in late winter during January or February. Each flower has five petals and is one to three centimeters in diameter and are usually white, though some may have rose colored or red flowers. The leaves appear shortly after the petals fall and are oval with a pointed tip. The fruit ripens in early summer, typically June in East Asia. Every fruit is round with a groove running from the stalk to the tip of the fruit. The skin is green when unripe and turns yellow, sometimes going red.
Details About An Apricot Bonsai
The apricot bonsai usually lives to be nine years old, and grows to become fifteen to seventeen inches tall. They are designed to be kept outdoors like ordinary bonsai trees. The recommend way to water it is to soak it in a sink or container of water up to the trunk of the tree for approximately five to ten minutes, and then allow it to drain afterwards. If it is being watered with tap water, it is best to allow it to be watered, then to wait a few minutes before watering again. This method should be repeated several times to make sure that the apricot bonsai has received enough water to help it grow.
Where To Purchase Apricot Bonsai
Bonsai Boy of New York is a family operated nursery. They maintain excellent product quality and offer bonsai trees and other accessories at low prices. They offer a Prunus Mume for $59.95. (www.bonsaiboy.com)
Blue Oak Nursery offer Prunus Mume Apricots and allow the customers to pick the size they want, mix and match, and build their own forest of these great trees. Prices are around $90.00. They have several nurseries around the Unites States. (www.blueoaknursery.com)