Pyracantha Bonsai

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Pyracantha coccinea

Pyracantha (also known as firethorn) is an evergreen shrub with narrow glossy leaves. In spring, the plant bears clusters of small creamy white flowers that mature into orange-red berries, which persist through fall and early winter, making this a fun plant to own year-round.

Pyracantha Bonsai produces natural berries that can be toxic and should not be eaten.

Container: 5" L x 7" W x 3.5" H
Actual container color may vary from blue to green.

Includes: Humidity Tray and Decorative Rocks


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Pyracantha Bonsai Care Guide


Your bonsai gift arrives planted in a ceramic container with humidity tray and rocks. Place the rocks on the tray and the plant in its container on top of the rocks. Please read and follow the instructions below carefully to keep your plant healthy.


Pyracantha bonsai produce creamy white flowers in spring and summer that develop into clusters of deep orange red berries for fall and winter interest.


Display your bonsai where it will receive bright indirect light and 2 or more hours of direct sunlight daily. From spring to fall, its active growing period, temperatures should remain between 55° to 70°F. During winter months, your bonsai will do best in a humid, draft-free room with temperatures between 45° to 65°F. When the interior air is dry, mist your plant frequently, place it near other leafy plants or next to an open container of water, and keep the humidity tray filled with water so that the water never touches the bottom of the planter, unless you are actively watering.

It is beneficial to move your bonsai outdoors from spring to early fall, but not during severely hot or cold weather. If you move your bonsai outdoors, it is best to do so after all threat of frost has passed. Place the plant in light shade where it is protected from the wind and return it indoors before the first frost in the fall.

Pyracantha Bonsai tree


Your bonsai plant requires frequent watering. The soil should be kept evenly moist but never soggy, and it should never be allowed to dry out completely. This is especially important when the bonsai is flowering and when the berries are mature. To water, apply water to the soil surface until it flows from the drain holes or immerse the entire pot in water until the soil is moist. Never use water that has been treated by a water softener. After watering, the soil color will be a deep chocolate brown. The soil color will lighten as it dries, and the surface will feel dry to the touch when it needs watering.

If the tree gets too dry or excessive salts build up on the soil surface, submerge the entire pot in water to thoroughly water and wash out salts. If you are unable to water it for several days, you can seal the pot in a plastic bag immediately after watering. The bag acts as a greenhouse and will keep the soil moist for at least a week.


Apply complete liquid fertilizer every 6 weeks throughout the growing and flowering period, typically early spring to midsummer.

Jackson & Perkins offers a selection of fertilizer & plant care products. We suggest using AlgoPlus Fertilizer for the general health and maintenance of your plant.


Bonsai trees must be pruned to maintain a balanced ratio between canopy and root. Without pruning the branches, the tree would grow too large to be supported by the confined root structure. Pruning also induces branching, producing a denser, bushier plant.

Pyracanthas bloom on old wood, so any pruning (light or heavy) should be done immediately after the plant has finished blooming. To prune, pinch out ends of new growth and cut back any long branches to maintain shape.To assure the production of berries, do not cut off faded flowers; however, old berries that are declining should be trimmed off.


Every spring (March-May) your bonsai will need its roots pruned. Gently remove the plant from the pot, carefully remove some of the soil around the sides and bottom of the root ball. Cut off 1/4 of the roots all the way around and up from the bottom. Place fresh, porous soil in the pot (a houseplant soil mix is suitable) and replant the bonsai. After potting, mist the plant and water thoroughly per watering instructions (above) so that the entire root ball is moist.


Bonsai are especially susceptible to aphids and spider mites. So, it’s important to closely inspect your plant once a month, especially the underside of leaves, and if any pests are present, remove them by hand, or gently wash the leaves with highly diluted soapy water and follow with a freshwater rinse.

IMPORTANT: Ornamental plant material should not be eaten. Keep away from pets and children.

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