Bonsai Training Information

Prunus incisa Kojo-no-mai
Japanese Flowering Cherry, Dance of the Butterflies, Kojo-no-mai

Kojo-no-mai is a small shrub/trees it has crocked baranches and delicate white flowers with pink centers that hang downwards like laterns/butterflies hanging from the bottom of branchies. The fruits are black in color


Formal upright, Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Group planting, Saikei




Full sun, but semi-shade in summer.


Need frequent watering, especially in summer. Reduce watering in winter. Do not allow the flowers to get wet or they will rot.


Every two weeks after flowering has finished through late summer. Use liquid bonsai fertilszer or half-strength general purpose feed, switching to a formula high in posassium towards the end of summer.

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

Prune back tips during growth as necessary. Developmental pruning of branches may be performend in winter. Cherries are sometimes displayed with significant amounts of deadwood. Remove flowers as they fade.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

Every second year in spring, using basic bonsai soil. Use a well drained soils as this species is highly intolerant of soggy soils. Use 1 part Akadama and 1 Part Pumice.


Wiring can be done in spring-summer, but care must be taken to protect the bark.


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