The corkscrew hazel is also known as the contorted filbert. This plant is very popular with bonsai gardeners because of its unique spiraling branches. (See Reference 1) The plant sheds its leaves in winter and the spiraling branches have an appealing look, making it a bonsai gardener's delight. The twisting of the branches occurs due to virus that is naturally present in the tree. (See Reference 2) This virus does not cause harm to the tree.
So, how to bonsai a corkscrew hazel tree? The best part is that this plant can flourish indoors and outdoors, so that gives bonsai growers plenty of options, especially in the winter months. (See Reference 1) In addition, the tree is extremely hardy and can tolerate pruning which is what bonsai tree require when they are being trained. (See Reference 1)
To bonsai a corkscrew hazel tree, you should first decide where you want to grow the bonsai. This tree tolerates full sun and partial shade during summer. So, select the stop carefully when planting it. Make sure that you feed the tree every 2 weeks when the growing season occurs. And, when it comes to repotting, it should occur in early spring well the leaf buds blood and a basic soil mix can be used for repotting. (See Reference 2)
As the plant has new growth, it should be trimmed. This will prepare the plant for the autumn season and the cold winter months when you want to display it to your friends and neighbors. Hard pruning should only be considered during the month of March just before the new growth occurs. (See Reference 2) Use a wire to train the tree and practically all styles of bonsai look good on a corkscrew hazel other formal broom and literati styles. (See Reference 2) So, be carefully when styling the tree.
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