Author Topic: Tree Trunk slightly damp on my fica bonsai  (Read 947 times)

Suky

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Tree Trunk slightly damp on my fica bonsai
« on: April 06, 2016, 07:08 AM »
I water my Fica bonsai when soil is dry - but the bottom third of the tree trunk (large aged trunk) has 'water marks' - is lightly damp.  Is this normal....?   If I water it less, the soil would be extremely dry.  I live in very northern/canadian border of new york state....not a lot of sun.   Room temperature for my bonsai is approx. 68 degrees.  Thanks for any insights you might give me!
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snipologist

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Re: Tree Trunk slightly damp on my fica bonsai
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2016, 05:13 AM »
Not sure what you mean by water marks.  If the damp part of the trunk is soft it indicates rotting under the bark.  Could be the soil is holding moisture for too long.  What soil mix are you using?  I use Aoki blend for my ficus.  It is a commercial akadama / pumice mix and has excellent drainage and aeration within the soil.  Getting back to the water marks if they are white lines or blotches on the trunk and pot it is likely mineral deposits from excess fertilizer and mineral salts in your water. 
 

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Re: Tree Trunk slightly damp on my fica bonsai
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2016, 10:36 AM »
This is an instance where a picture would help immensely.  Have any?