Larch

Latin name: Larix decidua
Common name: Larch
Plant group:
Bonsai trees - outdoor
Plant family:
Pinaceae
Climate:
Continental climate
Minimal temperature: 2°C (35°F)
Optimal temperature: 22-24°C (71-75°F)
Recommended place:
sunny or penumbral
Soil:
humus-peat-loosely
Plant form:
tree-like, arboraceous
Height: 50 cm (19.5 in.)
Repotting: every 36 months (3 years)
Rarity: no
Pests:
Pine scale (Leucaspis loewi)
Root orthezia (Actorthezia cataphracta)
Diseases:
Black Root Rot (Thielaviopsis basicola)
Origin territory:
Europe
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Larix bears bright green to bluish-green needle-like leaves that turn yellow in autumn. It has tiny cones which are purplish on most Larix species. Larches are pioneer trees and will not grow properly in the shade.

Shorten the shoots during growth. The branches may also be pruned in autumn-winter, but always leave 2-3 buds on a branch. Wire from late spring-autumn. Another tip reinforced by experience - do not wire before bud burst as this tends to damage or kill larch cambium. During the growth season, larch responds extremely well to wiring, and it is easy to position a branch exactly where it is wanted. Larches are often seen as formal and informal uprights, and in forest plantings, although they are suitable for all sizes and styles except broom.