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Siberian Elm
« on: December 13, 2010, 03:27 PM »
Has anyone done any work with Siberian Elms (Ulmus pumila)? Quite a few around here, but I'm not sure on how they react being cultivated as bonsai. Just wondering if they are decent material and when the best time to collect would be if they are.

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Re: Siberian Elm
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2010, 10:48 AM »
In my experience they're fast growing and hardy in pot culture, but difficult to establish ramification and prone to dropping important limbs for no good reason.



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Re: Siberian Elm
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2010, 02:37 PM »
They've been bonsai candidate for quite some time. Some people have made decent bonsai out of larger stumps. Same problems plague them as bonsai as in real life--dropped limbs in particular. Unstable material that doesn't hold a design. It grows like a weed though...and it's common


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Re: Siberian Elm
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2011, 04:01 PM »
I am going to have to chime in and agree that there are far easier species of elm to work with for bonsai.