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When Do Bonsai Trees Bloom? [Reblooming Guide]

Do you know Bonsai trees also produce bloom, go through pollination, and have full-fledged fruit just like regular trees?

Bonsai trees actively bloom in Spring and Summer. But the bloom time might vary slightly with respect to the tree species. Some popular flowering Bonsai trees, like Azaleas, bloom from May to September, while Cherry blooms from March to April.

Not all Bonsai trees are capable of flowering, and those that can flower also require prior proper care to encourage flowering.

So, read till the end to learn when Bonsai trees bloom with proper care tips to make them bloom.

What Types of Bonsai Trees Bloom?

Despite Bonsai trees’ tiny, petite size, they stay true to their nature and produce full-fledged blooms.

Moreover, the vibrant bloom on top of small miniature trees looks more alluring and enchanting.

There are two types of flowering Bonsai trees, depending on how they are groomed to grow: ‘ Koten’ and ‘Bunjin.’

Koten Bonsai trees have wider trunks with tapered-off tops, while Bunjin, also known as the informal type, has wider tops with small trunks.

The most popular flowering types of Bonsai trees are Azalea, Apple, Cherry, Hibiscus, Wisteria, Pomegranate and Bougainvillea.

Besides that, Gardenia, Shohin Crabapple, Callicarpa Japonica and Japanese Apricot are also gardeners’ favorite flowering types of Bonsai.

azalea bonsai tree bloom
Azalea Bonsai flowers relatively faster than other common flowering Bonsai trees.

However, do not misunderstand that all Bonsai trees produce a bloom, as conifer Bonsai trees do not produce flowers.

Thus, naturally, trees that produce flowers and fruits will only flower even when grown as Bonsai.

When Do Bonsai Trees Bloom?

Before putting out enchanting blooms on top of their petite-sized trunks, Bonsai trees need to mature.

Now, depending on how you started your Bonsai trees, the maturing time differs.

Bonsai trees grown from seeds can take 10-15 years to mature, while some can take 30 years to grow fully.

For instance, the Cherry blossom Bonsai tree cuttings take 2 to 3 years to grow and produce flowers.

Once they attain maturity, Bonsai will bloom mainly in the Spring and Summer, but they may also bloom or produce flowers at different times of the year, depending on the Bonsai species.

Types of Flowering Bonsai TreesTime of the Year
AzaleaMay to September
AppleTowards the end of May
CherryMarch or April
WisteriaEarly Spring
BougainvilleaMarch to October
PomegranateMay to June
HibiscusMarch to September
GardeniaLate Spring to Summer

How To Make Bonsai Flower?

Like other plants, Bonsai trees also require proper care and nourishment to encourage flowering.

  • Regularly feed Bonsai with a bloom booster rich in Phosphorous and Potassium with low nitrogen.
  • Ensure the trees get at least 5 to 6 hours of daily sunlight.
  • Carefully prune them to encourage better branching and compact flowering.
  • Remember to deadhead the spent flowers to extend the blooming period.
  • Once the top 1/2 inch of soil becomes dry, thoroughly water the Bonsai trees until the excess water oozes out from the drain holes.
  • Do not let the potting soil dry out completely.

Editor’s Note

Patience is the Key!

With over 100 years long life span, Bonsai trees grow relatively slowly and can take a long time to produce flowers.

So, be patient and keep providing your Bonsai with ideal care. Otherwise, you can opt for Bonsai trees like Azalea, which blooms relatively faster.

All The Best!