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Japanese Larch (Larix) Bonsai Tree

Japanese Larch (Larix kaempferi) is a species of larch native to Japan, in the mountains of Chobu and Kantu regions in central Honshu. It is a medium-sized to large deciduous coniferous tree reaching 20–40 m tall, with a trunk up to 1 m diameter. The crown is broad conic; both the main branches and the side branches are level, the side branches only rarely drooping.

Popular styles for Japanese Larch bonsai include formal upright, informal upright, slanting, cascade, semi-cascade, literate, rock-over-root, clasped-to-rock, twin-trunk, group planting and saikei.

Position the Japanese Larch in full sun. Japanese Larch are hardy but as a Bonsai you should protect the trees from extreme cold temperatures and winds.

Repot Japanese Larch Bonsai annually as a young tree and 'as and when required' for older trees. Use a good, well draining compost, 1 Part Akadam, 1 Part Pumice, 1 Part Damolin. Keep the soil moist at all times but never waterlogged. 

Heavy pruning should take place in early spring or late autumn. Pinching or light pruning during the summer months. Japanese Larch Bonsai response well to wiring.

Feed every three weeks during the growing season with a general plant feed or add a slow release feed to the compost.

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