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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Bilt85 on January 05, 2013, 03:01 PM

Title: Types of bonsai
Post by: Bilt85 on January 05, 2013, 03:01 PM
Anybody know what types of tree these bonsai's are please? I got them as a Xmas present but I am finding it hard find what they are.
Title: Re: Types of bonsai
Post by: skunkyjoe on January 05, 2013, 04:50 PM
1 - Zanthoxylum beecheyanum-Chinese Pepper.
2 - Ulmus parvifolia-Chinese Elm (though it could be a Zelkova).
3 - Podocarpus macrophyllus-Buddhist's Pine.
4-  Ehretia micropylla (buxifolia)-Fukien Tea.
Title: Re: Types of bonsai
Post by: Leo in NE Illinois on January 09, 2013, 05:01 PM
agree
Title: Re: Types of bonsai
Post by: Bilt85 on January 09, 2013, 05:05 PM
Thanks guys, it's helped a lot. Helped me research them. I just hope I can do well with them because I do enjoy it. Any advice to an amateur would be great full.
Title: Re: Types of bonsai
Post by: bwaynef on January 09, 2013, 10:25 PM
I'd consider repotting each of these into better soil.  This stuff looks like some modified potting soil.  It will retain too much water and prevent oxygen from getting to the rootball.  At best, you're likely to have slow growth.  At worst, you'll have weakened trees.

Your first order of business is to learn how to water your trees.  It changes throughout the year, and can be individualized for the tree.  ...Well, that and keeping them alive through winter.

Oh, and filling in your zone/location in your profile.
Title: Re: Types of bonsai
Post by: Bilt85 on January 10, 2013, 08:48 AM
I don't know where you fill in the zone location but I am from England, Yorkshire.

Have you got any tips on which soil to use? The soil in there at the minute seems to be just standard soil.

Title: Re: Types of bonsai
Post by: paulpash on January 11, 2013, 05:11 PM
Only the Elm is hardy (I live in Doncaster). I suspect you are keeping these inside. Unless you have a really airy, frost free conservatory with plenty of light these trees will not thrive inside. Lack of air flow, low light levels and central heating are not good for trees.

Juniper, field maple, quince are all good starter species for our climate. Visit Greenwood Gardens in Nottingham or John Hanby if you want to see quality trees.

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If you are very new to bonsai then i'd go to a local garden centre and pick up a scale juniper to learn the rudiments of trimming, pinching, wiring, watering etc. Have a go at styling it and you won't break the bank if it doesn't make it. Other sources are shrubs in your own garden with interesting trunks... Good luck
Title: Re: Types of bonsai
Post by: Judy on January 12, 2013, 08:15 AM
You should make sure that you repot these at the correct time of year, which can vary for each type of plant you have.  Look thru the posts here and on other bonsai forums for soil discussions, there are many....
Good luck!
Title: Re: Types of bonsai
Post by: Bilt85 on January 13, 2013, 03:35 PM
I keep the Buddhist pine and Fukien tea inside. An I keep the Chinese pepper and Chinese elm outside (except for this cold spell). Would you say that's right. They seem to be surviving.
Title: Re: Types of bonsai
Post by: Jerry Norbury on January 25, 2013, 02:52 AM
Moving bonsai in and out and in and out is generally not a good idea. Having said that Chinese Elms are bomb proof.

I keep mine (I have about 50 Chinese Elms, 2 Podocarpus and 1 Zanthoxylum plus a whole load of others) in a plastic greenhouse outdoors and I heat that to about 4C with a small fan heater (which I bought in Batley...where my mother lives.)