Celtis

Hackberry

Bonsai care and maintenance

The celtis tree grows a fine twig structure, with green leaves. The celtis sinensis (also called hackberry) grows flowers in spring followed by tiny orange fruits in early summer. It can be kept indoors, but most often it grows best when placed outside.

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Celtis Bonsai Care guidelines

Placement

Place the Celtis sinensis in the sun, but be very careful that it doesn't dry out on a hot day.

Watering

Water frequently; make sure the tree doesn't dry out. Continue reading about watering Bonsai trees.

Watering

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Fertilizing

Once every two or three weeks during its growth season (from early spring till autumn). The Celtis Africana is a somewhat slower growing tree, fertilize monthly.

Pruning

The Celtis Bonsai will grow a very fine ramification when regularly pruned. Trim back shoots that outgrow the intended shape. Continue reading about pruning Bonsai trees.

Repotting

Every two years in spring, using a basic soil mixture. Continue reading about repotting Bonsai trees.

Propagation

From cuttings during summer. Can also be grown from seed.

Pests and diseases

The Celtis requires a well draining soil, which will prevent the most common issue of root rot. Red spiders and caterpillars can be a problem, but mostly on already weakened trees. For more detailed information on these techniques, check out our Bonsai tree care section.

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