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Larix kaempferi ‘Pendula’ – Japanese Larch

by Jessica Fox

The Japanese larch has quite a few other names, including the deciduous conifer, the weeping larch, and the pendulous larch. One of its most common names is goshajinsai. Its popularity can be attributed to its availability in garden centers. It’s also known as the fastest growing tree in North America.

The Japanese Larch is one of the most commonly planted trees in Japan. The tree is used for many purposes including decoration, structural support, and living hedges. There are several reasons for this popularity, but one of them is that it can be grown indoors year-round due to its hardiness. Here are some tips on how to grow and care for Larix kaempferi ‘Pendula’.

The tree’s popularity

Growing the Japanese Larch can be a challenging process for the beginner gardener. It’s not easy to get the best results from this tree. The Japanese Larch is still relatively new at making it into an indoor house plant, so there are many things you have to do right and avoid doing wrong, especially when growing indoors. Some of these include:

● Selecting the right location

● Fertilizing with proper fertilizers

● Protecting from attack by pests and diseases

● Growing it indoors year-round

How to grow and care for Larix kaempferi ‘Pendula’

The Japanese larch is very easy to grow and it’s extremely easy to care for. It’s fast-growing and drought resistant, which makes it a great choice for your home or office.

1. Collect the leaves, as they will fall off over time.

2. After collecting all the leaves, place in a container filled with water until you’re ready to plant them in soil.

3. Water thoroughly after watering so the plant can get started growing roots. The Japanese larch has grown well in both containers and pots of soil but it may take several months to get established if you’re using pots.

What is a weeping larch?

A weeping larch is a type of larch tree that has trees with “weeping” bark and leaves. The weeping larch has a rounded crown and its bark is thin, brownish-green, and smooth.

The weeping larch can grow up to 12 m (39 ft) tall and 12 m (39 ft) wide. It’s not a fast-growing tree but, it grows quickly because of the dense growth habit. The Japanese weeping larch is often confused with the American White Larch because both have similar forms with smooth bark; however, this isn’t always the case.

Where does it grow?

Larix kaempferi ‘Pendula’ grows in the northern part of Japan and some parts of China. It has been reported that it can be found growing throughout Japan, but can also be grown in other parts of Europe, North America, and Australia.

The Japanese Larch is a deciduous tree that’s easy to grow indoors. Its leaves are narrow and have a light green color. Larix kaempferi ‘Pendula’ prefers full sunlight (100% to 120 hours) with a temperature range of 18-26°C (65-79°F). The humidity should be between 60%-80%.

The Japanese Larch likes well-drained soil that’s moist but not soggy. It won’t thrive in very dry soil or too much water; however, it can handle low watering. The roots will adapt to these conditions as they become accustomed to the new conditions over time.

In fact, if you decide to grow this tree in your home, you may need to repot it into a pot every year or two depending on which tree is taking up residence inside your home.

What are the best conditions of growth?

The Japanese Larch is a deciduous tree that can reach heights of up to 50 feet. It grows well in full sun to part shade, but has the ability to withstand more drenching rain than other trees.

It’s a fairly fast-growing tree with rapid growth that typically takes less than 10 years from planting to maturity. Its height is limited by several factors including soil moisture, temperature and soil type. Smaller trees may require a little more care during the growing season, but it should be within the average range for these trees.

It has an extremely long life span, with some individuals living beyond 150 years in ideal conditions. However, your tree will start losing some of its vigor after 100 years or so due to continued watering and overwatering as well as disease and insect pests such as rust and scale insects.

When is it in its best shape?

Growth of the Japanese larch (Larix kaempferi ‘Pendula’) is a slow process. However, it’s one of the most durable trees that can survive in harsh environments. You’re most likely to see this tree in your garden as a bonsai or on a special occasion such as Christmas.

The Japanese Larch takes 4 to 5 years to fully mature from seed and then it takes another 4 to 5 years for them to reach full size and maturity in their new home. The tree is planted between September and October, but you don’t have to wait for them to go dormant: As long as they’re not exposed to wind or sun when they’re dormant, they will grow vegetatively at any time throughout winter if you keep an eye on them.

What is the environment like where it grows naturally?

Like most coniferous trees, the Japanese larch thrives in a dry, sunny environment. The ideal climate for growing Japanese larch is somewhere between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (18-25 degrees Celsius). In order to grow your tree indoors year-round, you have to take measure of the temperature.

When it’s winter time, you should keep your house at a comfortable temperature around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) so that the tree can thrive.

If you don’t have an indoor greenhouse or need some assistance with making sure your Japanese larch doesn’t cross its boundaries into another room, you’ll have to make sure that other elements don’t interfere with its growth.

In order for the tree to thrive, it needs very moist conditions. If it gets too dry, it will start to die due to lack of water and nutrients. Other than watering once every two weeks during the summer months, you should avoid watering during the winter as well—the soil will become too waterlogged and rotting vegetation may eventually occur if you’re not careful.

How to care for Larix kaempferi ‘Pendula’

Growing Larix kaempferi ‘Pendula’ is a slow process. You can expect a tree to take around 2-3 years to grow from seed to full-grown. If you’re planting seeds for the first time, it’s recommended that you set up a nursery and serve as your own caretaker for the first couple of years. After that, keep an eye on your new tree so that it doesn’t die on you or get damaged by other trees in the vicinity.

After plants out of their starter pots have grown into mature trees, removing them from their pots is important to prevent root damage. To ensure that your trees survive in the long term and are not killed by natural pests and diseases, be sure to water them regularly and protect them from direct sun and wind.

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