Author Topic: Hello I am new tothe group and Bonsai  (Read 3125 times)

candh

  • Poster
  • *
  • Posts: 4
Hello I am new tothe group and Bonsai
« on: June 06, 2015, 11:11 PM »
I received a Chinese Elm as a gift. He arrived about a week and half ago. It was very hot in the box so we gave him water.
About 3 days later the leaves started turning yellow and falling off. We read tips from the website where the plant came from and now he is doing a lot better, even growing new leaves.
What now I have always wanted to get into Bonsai. I tried about 10 years ago and lost the first tree.
Any tips will be helpful.
 

DorianJF

  • Hero Forum Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 504
  • Thanked: 10 times
  • Easy Going Bonsai
Re: Hello I am new tothe group and Bonsai
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2015, 05:09 AM »
Hi Candh

Welcome and I know you will enjoy being on the forum.

Best tip I can give is to always post pictures of your bonsai.  The best tips come from being able to see what you have and then people can share their vision and advice freely.

With regards to Chinese elms, mine unfortunately died on me so I cannot give advice on that specifically.  But I cannot think of anyone who has not lost bonsai trees.  It is definitely part of the hobby.  I have lost count on how many I have lost but I now I keep way more alive then what I kill.

Good luck and look forward to seeing your bonsai in the furture.
 

candh

  • Poster
  • *
  • Posts: 4
Re: Hello I am new tothe group and Bonsai
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2015, 09:48 AM »
Here is a picture of the elm
 

M. Frary

  • Full Forum Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 204
  • Thanked: 2 times
Re: Hello I am new tothe group and Bonsai
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2015, 09:54 AM »
  Keep it outside. These trees are outdoor trees.
 

candh

  • Poster
  • *
  • Posts: 4
Re: Hello I am new tothe group and Bonsai
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2015, 11:06 AM »
  Keep it outside. These trees are outdoor trees.
Yes we did find out that it was an outdoors tree. It is 100+ here. We have been putting him outside in the mornings and by a window when we bring it inside.
 

Zach Smith

  • Jr. Forum Member
  • **
  • Posts: 81
Re: Hello I am new tothe group and Bonsai
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2015, 07:26 PM »
  Keep it outside. These trees are outdoor trees.
Yes we did find out that it was an outdoors tree. It is 100+ here. We have been putting him outside in the mornings and by a window when we bring it inside.
Chinese elms are pretty tough customers.  With that said, a few tips:

1.  Watering adequately and often enough is the key to survival for any bonsai.  In order to be able to properly water your tree, the soil it's in must both retain moisture and allow it to drain freely upon each watering.
2.  Give the tree some time-release fertilizer which will feed the tree each time you water.
3.  I'm not familiar with the challenges of keeping bonsai in Arizona, but if I were there I'd be inclined to try an outdoor location with morning sun and afternoon shade.  If you only have the reverse, your tree will likely come under stress and you should try to change to the recommended approach if at all possible.
4.  Next year you should lift the tree from the pot to examine the roots.  If the tree needs to be repotted due to being rootbound, either take it to a local club and ask for help or read up a lot before attempting this chore.  You'll need to create or buy a fast-draining bonsai soil.
5.  Once you've kept the tree alive for at least a year, you can consider its design.  You've acquired one of the dreaded "S" curve Chinese elms.  In time you should attempt to redesign it, but only after you've studied bonsai more and know what constitutes proper design.  But first things first.  Keep it alive for at least a growing season, then forge new ground.

Good luck and welcome to the wonderful world of bonsai!

Zach
 

candh

  • Poster
  • *
  • Posts: 4
Re: Hello I am new tothe group and Bonsai
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2015, 09:10 PM »
Thank you Zach