Bonsai Orange Tree – Miniature Fruit

It is often not known that Bonsai trees can actually be useful in the garden. Flowering varieties that create a heavenly scent can delight the senses of many a garden visitor. The Bonsai Mock-Orange has leaves that are visually stunning, green and cream and flowers that smell like Orange blossom. This is a beautiful tree for your home or garden but even more useful are those Bonsai trees that produce. One often overlooked example of a fruiting Bonsai is the Bonsai Orange Tree.

The bonsai orange tree

It may be quite shocking at first for beginners to realize that some Bonsai trees are actually capable of bearing edible fruit. With a little care the Bonsai Orange Tree is a marvel that your whole family will enjoy. Able to survive comfortably inside and out, you will be able to bring the experience of growing your own fruit trees right into your living room. At only 19 inches in height, with a number of different varieties available the Bonsai Orange Tree is in fact a very hardy plant able to withstand many of the novice mistakes made by beginning Bonsai growers. While not as aesthetically beautiful as some other trees used for Bonsai the Bonsai Orange Tree does have its own attractive qualities. Thick, strong branches able to support the weight of the fruit and sparse leaves give the tree a unique look.

Bonsai Orange Tree – Miniature Fruit
Bonsai Orange Tree – Miniature Fruit

The most popular of the Bonsai Orange Tree varieties is the Calamondin. This tree should be grown indoors and provided with as much sunlight as possible. Fresh air is also a must for this plant so a window sill is often the best location. For the best results the temperature around the Calamondin Bonsai Orange Tree should remain between approximately 53° to 79° Fahrenheit. Choose an organic fertilizer as the fruit produced is edible; this should be applied once a month during the growing seasons. Water the tree every second day in summer and every third day during winter. Keep an eye on the moisture level within the soil; too wet and root-rot may set in.

Maintenance of bonsai orange trees

Maintenance of the Bonsai Orange Tree will require a few precision tools. Early on during the initial growth wiring of the plant will be necessary. It is important that only small changes are made to the direction of the branches as the weight of the fruit will damage any branches forced into a downward angle. Also any tree shaped into a lean runs the risk of snapping if fruit grows too high, instead use wiring to separate the branches slightly leaving room for good fruit growth while maintaining the basic shape of the tree.

Like every Bonsai tree the Bonsai Orange Tree will need to be repotted every few years, choose a pot of similar size or thoroughly clean the existing pot. Cut an inch off the roots around the ball and repot using fresh soil. Apply fertilizer and water. Allow the plant to rest in a semi shaded area for four weeks to recover then sit back and enjoy the fruit each year.