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Some basic and general info for Erodium reichardii

ERODIUM  BONSAI

 

Erodium reichardi - Alpine Geranium,

Heron’s Bill – Gereniaceae -  Geranium- Perennial

 Hardiness Range: 5A-7A (? I no longer allow mine to freeze!) Indoors for winter in cold areasEnvironment:        Prefers Full sun, Water- when “near dry, never Bone Dry, prefers 35-80degMature Height:      2”-3”!Bloom Colors:       Pink, Light and dark, double and single bloomWhite-AlbaHardiness:  5A- 8A (still no freeze for mine) prefers 35-80deg, good light/full sun!Mature Height:   4”-6”Bloom:                WhiteErodium are an excellent plant to use for Bonsai! They grow and develop structure quickly, and are relatively easy to grow and in small spaces! However, due to their small mature size, and use in small pots, extra “attention” may be needed to ensure long life?  Small pots= small amounts of soil= quick dry time and quick to become pot bound!=repot often….  They flower throughout the year when happy and in a “tropical” (houseplant) situation. I do trim mine very often(every 1-3 weeks), but  that will remove a lot of potential flowers.  I generally sacrifice blooms for structural improvements in the branching and foliage. Continually trim back the biggest leaves, and as new leaves emerge, trim away more big ones until they are all small and  size you prefer! If left untrimmed they will have big leaves and long shoots. If maintained, leaves can be  smaller than rice grains!!  I will trim back the foliage hard initially or if it gets long and leggy again. Basically I remove most of the leaves, if it is healthy, and I will then trim back any long new shoots that pop up and past my intended canopy or shape as it grows back. I also remove any leaves that grow downward so it opens up the interior, and provides definition to the structure. Clean out any dead leaves or stems!!!  I strive for tiny leaves, a shape and no long shoots. Basically you will do everything you do with any other houseplant or Bonsai, except on a miniature scale! See www.smallbonsai.com   to view a good erodium with detail!  Since the pots are normally very small, I water thoroughly when “near” dry and never allow them to go “bone dry”. If the roots dry &wither you may wither the leaves and they may not recover if dried too long! If you do wither it or it stresses, water thoroughly and mist the foliage and it hopefully will re-hydrate?  Also since the pots are so small, I repot often-twice yearly (**they can die from being pot bound!!)! This is very easy and really requires little soil& time! Simply remove from the pot, pull down the swirled root ball until it’s hanging, and cut the long roots back to pot depth and repot in a small particle size soil in the same pot! I usually trim leaves again then too.Water- when “near dry, never Bone Dry!Trim- if intended to be a Bonsai-regular trimming, thinning, and cleaning needs done!!Light- these have tiny leaves, so they require decent to good light-artificial works good Repot- if kept as Bonsai in a small pot, when roots fill in bottom of pot,repot as described above Display/Show- plan ahead for displaying- trim hard and know how long until full 2week? Feed- use any balanced food-ie.-5-5-5,10-10-10 but cut back to ¼ to ½ strength every 2-4 wkswww.kensworldofbonsai.com  /  ken@kensworldofbonsai.com

These are care tips that work for me and have worked for years and are intended for guidelines only...