Description: Mame or miniature bonsai could well have more of a place in small houses or flats than the larger forms, as they may be only two to eight or so inches high.In terms of bonsai, it is the mini bonsai between 3" – 6". And because mame bonsai is so small, it can easily fit onto our palm.A “mame” is a Japanese word that literally means “bean”.
General Information: A Fleshy, softly woody shrub or small tree up to 3m to 4m, often sprawling; occurring on dry rocky hillsides and in succulent scrub. Portulacaria afra, also called "Elephant Plant" or "Small leaf Jade" is relatively new in bonsai but one that almost anyone can grow. It can withstand long periods without water making them excellent plants for beginners. Advanced students of bonsai find them excellent material because they adapt to any style and develop relatively fast.
The bark is green when young, becoming red-brown to slate grey, and smooth with conspicuous leaf scars.
Flowers are small, star shaped; sepals 2; petals 5, pale pink to purplish; stamens 5 to 7.
Lighting: It can be grown outdoors in full sun or indoors with sufficient light.
Temperature: Portulacaria will tolerate a variety of growing conditions. Since it is tropical it must be protected from cold temperatures (below 50).
Watering: Always allow the soil to approach dryness before watering. Although it is a succulent, Portulacaria is not as particular about overwatering as most other succulents.
Feeding: Use a good liquid bonsai fertilizer like Bonsai Pro every two weeks during the winter. During the growing season, apply a time released fertilizer for maximum growth.
Pruning and wiring: This is a plant that adapts to almost any style bonsai. As a succulent, water is contained in the trunk and branches, they tend to droop from their weight. This characteristic makes them excellent for long cascades.
When styling this plant do not hesitate to do drastic pruning. When removing branches or twigs, make all cuts flush rather than concave. It is not necessary to seal any of the cuts. It is important to allow the soil to dry before you remove heavy branches or root. Then water sparingly until it begins to reestablish itself.
Pinching is the secret to the refinement of any bonsai. Since Portulacaria is fast growing, it must be pinched frequently during the growing season. Usually once a week is sufficient for a large bonsai. When working with mame it may be necessary to pinch as often as twice a week.
Repotting: Spring is the best time to repot. In the tropics it can be done at any time if given proper after care. Always allow the soil to become dry before repotting and do not water it until new growth appears. Keep it in a semi-shaded location until new growth begins, then place it in its normal location. Special soil mixes are not required for Portulacaria. Regular bonsai mix will probably be satisfactory. As always, good drainage is important.
Jade Mame Bonsai
- Product Code: Pl-jade-mame
- Availability: Pre-Order
- Ex Tax: 700₹