The European beech
Published: 06/15/2007 (mm/dd/yyyy)
This beech is an European species which is used for wood primarily (in the industry, of course). Because of this reason, beeches are planted as forests in many cases. European beech belongs to slow-growing trees, so that beech bonsais intended for exhibitions require long care and many years of patience. The adult appearance is being achieved years after other trees achieve the same goal. On the other hand, this tree looks more dominant and more majestic than other trees if it was given proper care.
Light: It is recommended to keep it at bright and shiny places. Summer sunlight isn't welcomed by this species, so you should shadow it in such cases. Additionally, young trees should be protected against strong winds.
Temperature and exposure
The European beech is suitable for outdoor keeping during entire year. However, make sure you protect roots against freezing colds (under 0°C) during Winter.
Pruning and forming
Cut newly growing twigs into two pairs of leafs during beginning of Spring. Large leafs can be cut anytime during the vegetal period. We do not recommend you to cut all leafs at once.
Soil and replanting
Replant the tree once per two years until it becomes 10 years old. After 10 years of age, replant it according to it's needs (space, minerals in the soil, etc.). Use soil which consists of one part of argillaceous rock, 2 parts of peat, and 2 parts of sand or granulate clay.
Watering and fertilization
Water the tree daily during the vegetal period. Don't water leafs if it's under direct sunlight, otherwise they'd burn. Winter season isn't so demanding on watering, but don't forget to water it from time to time (once per week for example). The soil shouldn't get dry. Start fertilizing the tree one month after it produces leafs; once per 2 weeks.
Through seeds during Autumn or stratification during Spring.
The upright style, bevelled, double-base, barge, and the forest style; They all are suitable for European beech species. Larger leafs are suitable for larger trees sizes.
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