Back in February I potted up around 60 bare-root satsuki azalea bonsai. Having not worked with bare-root specimens before, I was really curious to see how the trees would do with so few roots.
Most started out slowly due to cool weather, but since spring warmed up, they have been growing quickly. And now that summer has begun, all are under 30% shade cloth.
To get an idea of what the flowers looked like, I left a few buds on each tree. Here are photos of the five varieties I’ve been working with in bloom.
Yata-no-kagami – 9″
Momoka – 16″ wide
Shisen – 28″
Hi-no-maru – 12″
Koyo – 24″
For those interested in a Japanese-language satsuki reference with photos of popular varieties, I have a few dictionaries available here.
I have a number of satsuki bonsai available too (details here).
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