Author Topic: New Bonsai owner questions about ulmus parvifolia (chinese elm)  (Read 881 times)

rmcninch108

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I am new to Bonsai care and wanted to post some questions on the placement and care. The first is about the chinese elm . I live in the midlands of SC in zone 8a. I was told the elm needs to be outside or in my garage until spring.I just recieved my tree by mail the other day. It has dark green leaves and light green sprouts coming out. My intent was to have indoor plants but was told the elm needed to experience all four seasons.I also bought a Juniper yesterday at a local nursery. Procumbens nana. Thanks for any help. I have always been drawn to the Bonsai and am excited to get started. Robert
 

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Re: New Bonsai owner questions about ulmus parvifolia (chinese elm)
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2014, 05:22 PM »
Welcome to the hobby, and Bonsai Study Group.

While Chinese Elm can be grown inside, most keep them outside. I'd suggest a ficus if you really want an indoor plant. From your description, it's likely green house grown, so I'd acclimate to your climate by wintering it in your garage. Since it has leaves, you'll need to keep it watered until they fall off.  Even then, don't let it dry up, but it will need far less water.

The juniper needs to be outside 24/7 in full sun. Don't forget to water it.
 

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Re: New Bonsai owner questions about ulmus parvifolia (chinese elm)
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2014, 02:06 AM »
Thanks for the info,Robert