The larch is a popular Bonsai tree species, since trunks grow thicker quite quickly and the tree displays stunning seasonal colors. Two common species exist, the Larix decidua (European Larch) and the Larix kaempferi (Japanese Larch).
Position: The Larch grows well in full sun, preferably protected in summer during the hottest hours. Place the tree outside year round, as it is an extremely hardy tree.
Watering: No particularities.
Feeding: The tree does well with a high nitrogen feed in early spring, applied just before the buds start growing. In summer, switch to a balanced feed to help the larch harden off for the winter.
Pruning: The larch is a strong tree which can withstand regular pruning well. Significant pruning should be done before the tree starts growing; sometime in the winter is perfect.
Repotting: Yearly repotting is required, be careful not to prune too much roots.
Propagation: From seed or with semi-hard cuttings.
For tree identification use our Identify my bonsai tree species guide or go to the Bonsai care forum.
General guidelines can be found in our Bonsai tree care section or in the outdoor & indoor bonsai pages.
Return to the Bonsai tree types section.