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Brussel's DT8045FF Fringe Flower Bonsai

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  • Honeysuckle-like pink and purple blooms
  • Blooms prolifically in May
  • Supplied by America's largest bonsai nursery
  • 3 years old; 9 inches tall
  • Loropetalum chinensis
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Product Description

Product Description

An explosion of vivid maroon honeysuckle-like blooms highlight the Chinese Fringe Flower in May and the deep purple leaves make it an unusual favorite throughout the year. This colorful outdoor bonsai is happiest in a sunny location and is an excellent accent on a porch, patio or deck.

From the Manufacturer

This Fringe Flower bonsai is five years old and 10 to 12 inches tall. In summer, its weeping, burgundy foliage elegantly frames clusters of fragrant, pink, blooms. Every Brussel’s Bonsai tree order includes specific growing instructions.

Delivery and Packaging: What to expect when you receive your bonsai
To ensure only well-established, healthy trees are shipped, Brussel's Bonsai imports its trees from nurseries in China where growers spend years training and shaping tree branches. Some bonsai defoliate (drop leaves) when their environment changes. If upon the tree's arrival some leaves have dropped or turned slightly brown that does not mean the bonsai is unhealthy. Defoliation is the natural result of being in the low-light environment of a shipping box. Whenever possible, Brussel’s Bonsai avoids using Styrofoam-popcorn packaging. In some cases, Styrofoam popcorn must be used to safely pack unusually shaped bonsai. Organic popcorn packaging made from corn starch reacts with moisture from the trees and can dissolve. When you receive your tree, place the box in a shaded area to unpack. Inspect tree for damage to branches or leaves. Water soil if dry. Place each bonsai in protected shade for at least one week before moving to a sunny location.

What is a Bonsai?
Literally, the Japanese word "bonsai" means "tray tree" or "plant grown in a pot." The term refers to the artistic techniques used to capture the natural beauty of trees, rather than a specific variety of tree. A full-grown tree and a bonsai can be grown from the same seed--the bonsai has simply been dwarfed and shaped through years of training. To develop authentic bonsai, Brussels grows specimens under carefully controlled conditions, meticulously training each tree with wire and pruning over a period of years. The value of a particular bonsai typically depends on size, age, and training. Generally, more expensive trees are larger, older, and have had more detailed, elaborate training. These qualities combined create the illusion of a large tree in a natural setting.

Deciduous/Outdoor Bonsai Care

Climate
Outdoor bonsai are deciduous trees that require the same climate changes in spring, summer, fall, and winter as full-sized trees of the same species. As a rule, deciduous bonsai do well in regions with humidity levels of 50% to 75% and yearly temperature ranges of 20 to 100 degree F. During winter, deciduous bonsai must remain outdoors. This period of dormancy is essential--without it, the tree may become unhealthy and susceptible to disease. Protect or "heel-in" your bonsai by covering the pot and soil with pine needles or mulch. Place the tree against a wall to shield it from extreme winds. Outdoor bonsai are more vulnerable to extreme cold than full-size trees and should be moved to a garage, shed, cold frame, or basement when temperatures fall below 20 degrees F.

Placement
Deciduous bonsai need to be kept outdoors year-round. Natural sunlight and rainwater are both important elements in an ideal growing environment. Typically, they require six or more hours of direct sunlight a day and do well in locations that get shade from late afternoon sun. Outdoor bonsai may be displayed indoors once a month, for short periods of time (2-3 days). In Japan, bonsai are traditionally displayed against a solid black, white, wood, or bamboo background, or on a stand or pot larger than the tree. Stark contrasts enhance the bonsai’s simple beauty.

Watering
Generally speaking, water when the top of the soil is dry. Use a can or hose attachment that casts a soft, rain-like spray that won’t disturb the soil in the pot. Do not allow bonsai to dry out. Water daily during hot summer months. In winter, though trees need less water, it’s a good idea to water well before a hard freeze (frozen water acts as insulation).

Soil and fertilizer
Bonsai trees spend years in the same soil and eventually deplete the available nutrients. Providing supplemental nutrition is essential for a healthy tree. Most water soluble and time-released fertilizers work well when used as directed.

Run wire through drain
Trim rootball
Work soil into roots
Repotting
Bonsai need to be repotted every 3 to 5 years. After receiving your tree, wait at least one growing season before repotting. Using proper bonsai soil is critical. Brussel’s bonsai soil consists of a mixture of high-fired clay particles and finely ground pine bark. The soil-free mix does not compact, allows water to drain easily, and helps prevent the root rot that often occurs with ordinary potting soil.

It is important to pot your bonsai correctly. Prepare your container for potting by putting screen over the drain holes. Run wire through the drain screen--you will need this to secure the tree in the container. Trim the rootball so it will fit in the bonsai pot. Keep in mind, cutting larger roots is better than cutting small feeder roots. Continue trimming the root ball until it will fit into the bonsai container. Be sure to place a good layer of bonsai soil on the bottom of the bonsai container.

Place the tree in the pot. Use the wire to secure the tree in the bonsai container. Twist and pull the wire with pliers to tighten. Add bonsai soil around the root ball. Use a chopstick to work the bonsai soil into the root system. Your bonsai should now be secure in its new container.

Training
All bonsai require some degree of seasonal pruning. Regular pruning produces smaller branches. A simple pair of pointed-nose scissors does the job. Wiring may also be used to hold them in a desired position or location. If you’re happy with the branch placement as is, there is no real need to wire. For detailed instruction in the art of pruning bonsai, Brussel’s Bonsai recommends purchasing a book on basic training techniques.

If you choose to wire your bonsai, make sure to use heavier gauge wire for larger branches on the bottom of the tree, and lighter gauge for smaller branches. Begin by sticking the end of the wire into the soil next to the trunk of the tree. Wrap the wire around the trunk until you come to the first branch. Continue curling the wire around the branch. Once you have come to the end of a branch, cut and remove the excess wire. The wire now allows you to bend the branch into the desired shape and location.

Lifespan
Most bonsai trees can live up to 100 years or more depending, of course, on the quality of care they receive.

The Story of Brussel's Bonsai Nursery
When Brussel Martin was five years old, he was instantly captivated by several bonsai his father brought back from a California business trip. As a teenager, he began to seriously study the art of bonsai. What started as an artistic endeavor in his parents' backyard quickly grew into a business. In the 1970s, he began selling bonsai through the mail and traveling to shows across the country. By the early '80s, he was making annual buying trips to Asia.

As the business has grown, so has his desire to introduce bonsai to more and more Americans. Brussels now offers a full range of bonsai trees, from modestly priced bonsai for the beginner to unique specimens styled by bonsai experts.


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B0000DGG8B
  • Item model number: DT8045FF
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,946 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By R. Bowersox Sr. on May 15, 2010
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The Chinese Fringe Flower produces beautiful pink fringed flower several times throughout the year. The Chinese Fringe Flower requires good indirect sunlight and is best suited for patios or areas in front of a large window that gets good light. The Fringe Flower likes watering conditions on the dry side. Watering should be done through the foliage and around the base of the plant. The Chinese Fringe Flower can withstand temperatures down to 32 degrees F.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. Foyle on January 29, 2006
The tree is lovely and has many branches to train and many buds, and was a good price. The subject I want to complain about is how it was packed for shipping: The potting dish sat in a styrofoam base which held the tree up fairly well and then the box was stuffed with "peanuts". However, the dish was not secured to the box and neither was the tree! Knowing how the mail deliverers handle packages, I'm not surprised that five WHOLE branches had been broken off because the tree bounced against the sides and most likely the top of the box!! There MUST be a better way to ship live plants! Valerie Foyle
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Georgina Herrera Moreno on June 28, 2010
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I bought this for my mother for mother's day, and she loved it! She said it arrived in great condition and with instructions and everything she needed. The shipping was really fast. The tree seems to have arrived in perfect condition, she mentioned a couple of leaves had fallen off, but that the flower was intact. It's been about 2 months now, and the now wants to have more bonsai trees as a result. Great buy for a great price!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Doreen Kay Clark on April 18, 2011
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When this arrived it looked a little beat up but I thought maybe the little tree would rally with some water and light. I had gotten it as a birthday gift for my mother. Before I could present the bonsai to her four days later it had died. Very disappointing.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Wilson on March 31, 2011
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I had planned to present this flowering bonsai to the doctors and hospital staff who preformed and cared for me during a major surgery. When it arrived it was a wilted, brown and broken mess. Totally unpresentable. It appeared to me and to my wife (a master gardener) that the plant possibly had been subjected to freezing temperatures along with some rough handling. With dead blooms and brownish tone (lacking the rich green in the leaves) its future is very uncertain. I have a digital image of the plant as it looked upon arrival before it was to be transfered to the hospital and is available if a way to send. This is certainly not the quality I have come to expect of an Amazon product. Richard Wilson, Ph.D.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By boobaby on February 17, 2012
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Although the item came in on time and decent enough. This is an outside bonsai. This is not an inside bonsai. Very disappointed.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By kllgreen1 on March 25, 2012
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I purchased this as a birthday gift for my 83 year old mother-in-law. I thought it would be a fun, different gift. It was definately different - the plant was dead within a week. She didn't tell me until a few weeks later..she didn't want to hurt my feelings. I was extremely disappointed when she told me about the plant.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stillearning on February 27, 2012
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My girlfriend purchased this for me for valentines day. The plant arrived in good health and was packeged with precision. That however is not my issue. The tree if you can call it that does not look like a "bonsai" at all really. It has a very thin trunk, poor root structure, no nabari, and poor branch development. I also could find no data on "Fringe Flower" in my 7 bonsai books that I own. I would advise purchasing a Chinese Elm or Black Pine. I would not recommend to a friend.
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