Author Topic: Are all apples suitable for bonsai?  (Read 1332 times)

Intriguedbybonsai

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Are all apples suitable for bonsai?
« on: May 14, 2012, 11:55 PM »
Or just the crabapple? I purchased a "hidden rose" apple tree today at a local nursery for $25. It's maybe an inch around in diameter. The tree is so tall that I'm working on air-layering the top half of it.
 

cbobgo

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Re: Are all apples suitable for bonsai?
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2012, 11:28 PM »
the problem is the fruit.  It will always be full sized.  So as long as you don't let it grow any fruit, you would probably be ok. 

But I'm not sure what the point of growing an apple tree would be if you could never let it fruit.

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gtuthill

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Re: Are all apples suitable for bonsai?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2012, 03:04 AM »
I have taken an air layer from a malus persica (granny smith) this past spring, and separated the layer only about four weeks after making it. 

I accidentally left one flower on the layer and it formed an apple (while the layer was on the parent tree).  its probably 1/2 the size of the other apples on the parent tree and looks ok on what is a shohin size piece of material.

So I'm thinking perhaps some kind of well timed root pruning restriction on water or food could help make the fruit smaller than "normal". 

or maybe i missed removing that flower because it was small ;)