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Top Tips from Bonsai Expert Lloyd Noall – Autumn

A few tips from Lloyd Noall about Autumn Bonsai care:

  • In Autumn, Bonsai growth will slow, so please take extra care with the watering. Please keep the soil just damp as your bonsai will require less water during cooler days. Do not be caught out -the sun could still pop out!
  • Continue to feed all indoor bonsai weekly with Bonsai Direct Fertiliser. Deciduous outdoor bonsai should be fed until the end of October or when the leaves drop. Evergreen outdoor bonsai, such as pines & junipers, can be fed once a month.
  • Please place outdoor bonsai in a more sheltered position in the garden or an unheated greenhouse. Ensure they are checked for water on warmer days.
  • Ensure indoor bonsai are in a bright position as the daylength is now reducing.
  • Protect your indoor bonsai from cold draughts. They prefer an even temperature.
  • Mist indoor bonsai twice a week with Bonsai Mist. This will help counteract dry air caused by central heating and give your bonsai a conditioning to enhance leaf growth.
  • Finally, enjoy any seasonal changes ….

All the best LloydTop tips from Bonsai Master Lloyd Noall - Growing bonsia in autumn

My First bonsai tree by Emily Hunt


The story of my bonsai tree so far…

Hi, my name is Emily, and I was given my first bonsai from a friend as a present for my birthday. I loved it and decided I wanted to keep it on my bedroom window sill, where I could see it every morning and also remember to look after it.

I made sure I watered it every few days and pruned it when it was overgrown. However, due to the lack of light in my room, I decided to move my bonsai to a sunnier spot; the kitchen window. My Bonsai seemed happier here, where there was more sunlight and since I, like my bonsai, enjoy the sun, I went on holiday shortly after repositioning my bonsai.


Whilst I was away, I was not able to look after my bonsai, and since I didn’t arrange for anyone to help care for it whilst I was away, my bonsai wasn’t so happy when I came back home. The leaves were brown, the soil was dry, and I was concerned that my tree may be dead. I did not want to give up on my bonsai so soon, so I decided to begin watering and pruning my tree as I had done before, and my tree grew new buds and tiny green leaves again.

However, later in the year, when the weather was colder, I made the mistake of, again neglecting my bonsai and so my tree struggled to grow and lost its leaves. Although my tree, managed to grow new leaves, it does not look as healthy and beautiful as it did when it was given to me. I should have been more tentative and less neglecting of my tree and made sure it had the water, and conditions it needed

Thankfully, this was not the end of the road for my bonsai. After taking the time to re-pot, prune, water my bonsai, the tree looked as beautiful as it had done before. My bonsai will now be healthy and happy again in its sunny spot in my kitchen window, getting the care and attention it needs.

New photos and lastest information about Emily’s little bonsai coming next week…

Enquiry about a large Chinese Elm Bonsai from Jonathan

Ulmus parvifolia with die backHey guys,

Wondering if you could help me, please.
I have no experience of Bonsai but found this plant (pictures below) at the bottom of a friends garden where it had been for years with no attention.  After a good prune and a bit of TLC, it turned in to a beautiful tree full of green leaves and lovely features.  My Bonsai leaves went yellow, then Brown just before Christmas so i took the plant outside and shook them all off.  I thought it was just seasonal as it did this as it was getting colder and I just kept watering it assuming it would come back in spring.  I took away all of the dead branches and leaves off (may have been a bad idea, but again inexperience kicked in)  After doing some reading, I can see it may have been inexperience in watering which made the leaves drop off but they have eventually started growing back, but only in one part.

Should the rest of the tree recover, or am I destined to own a Bonsai with only one area of leaves?  There do not appear to be any other bud sites on the tree.

I’ve started spraying it on a regular basis and I’m watering every day in small amounts (feeding once a week), but get the feeling I’m doing something wrong.  It was a beautiful tree and I’d love to get it back to its former glory.  I’ve never tried to repot, trim roots etc and have left it as it was when I found it outside.  It now lives on a South facing window with no radiator within 4 metres.

Any other comments or thoughts from pictures would be hugely appreciated.  I’m an absolute novice, so don’t even know what type of tree it is, but think it may be an Elm of some sort. Thanks in advance

Chinese Elm bonsai from Johnathan

Bonsai Care – How to treat Aphid (Blackfly and Greenfly)

Aphids are a very common insect which can suck the sap on both indoor and outdoor bonsai trees, and most other plants. Both greenfly and blackfly are common examples of aphid.
We have had more e-mails this spring about aphid than ever before. I’m not sure if this is because it has been warmer and they are just more prevalent!

Symptoms of Aphid.
Usually the first symptom of aphid on a bonsai tree is that you notice a sticky residue on some of the leaves. This is the ‘honeydew’ from the insect and sometimes a black sooty mould will develop as a result.

If you look closely you may be able to see small black or green flies underneath the leaves. When the aphids shed their skins and moult they can leave white skins on the leaves or soil.
Aphids can cause stunted growth or distorted and curled leaves on a bonsai. This can affect the health and weaken the bonsai so it is important to treat this pest.

We spray weekly with a plant invigorator as a preventative measure. This is an environmentally friendly product and is very effective.
However, if you are trying to treat aphids you may find a general insecticide is more effective; especially in the short term. Aphid is a very easy pest to treat with insecticides. These are available from most garden centres and are extremely effective.
Please follow the manufacturers instructions but a repeat spray will be necessary to ensure any eggs which hatch are also treated.


Bonsai Direct Bonsai Feed

Food for Healthy & Beautiful Bonsai.

This balanced bonsai feed is suitable for all species of bonsai. All bonsai trees reply on us for all the water and nutrients that they require; so a good fertiliser is essential to maintaining healthy bonsai.

Bonsai Feed from Bonsai Direct is very easy to use:

Feed indoor bonsai once a week throughout the year and outdoor bonsai weekly from March to October. Please do not feed outdoor bonsai during the winter rest period.

It is very easy to make up a stock solution of bonsai feed. A 1L watering can is ideal or use any suitable container. Clearly label and add 5ml of the Bonsai Direct Bonsai Fertiliser to 1L of water. Water your bonsai well using the water containing the feed, until the water runs through the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.

Any remaining solution can be used the next week, so there is absolutely no waste.

You will need to check your bonsai for water between feedings; do not allow your bonsai to completely dry out – keep the soil damp (water as necessary).

Our super-concentrated Bonsai Feed is available in 2 sizes:
– 100ml (makes 20L) – £6.95 inc. P&P
– 300ml (makes 60L) – £9.95 inc. P&P

A 100ml bottle is enough feed to last more than a year for an average bonsai tree.

To order please CLICK HERE>

Bonsai Feed

Spring bonsai colour inspires…..

We have some absolutely stunning outdoor bonsai trees.

Please CLICK HERE to take a look.

Outdoor Bonsai watering update…

Tuesday 26th Feb 2013…

I have been unexpectedly busy watering today. This is the first time we have needed to water our outdoor bonsai in February.

Please check your outdoor trees because although it has been cold, the last 2 weeks have been surprising dry and it would be so easy to overlook bonsai which are outside and allow them to dry out.

Even deciduous bonsai, which are currently out of leaf, should be checked for water. There is no need to feed your outdoor bonsai yet – most of them are still dormant.

Wrap up warm… it’s cold out there!

Avoid over-watering your Pine and Juniper Outdoor Bonsai

We have had a substantial amount of rain this summer and autumn.

Both Japanese White Pines, Japanese Black Pines and Chinese Junipers prefer to be kept more on the dry side and consistent over-watering can result in root rot.

Normally this is fine, but with the never ending rain I wanted to pass on a couple of tips.

  1. When re-potting pine and juniper bonsai trees please use a free draining soil.
  2. Do not pot into very deep bonsai pots.
  3. If the weather is dreadful for a long period of time please cover the pot with a polythene bag or place in an unheated glasshouse. Obviously, you do not want the root ball to dry out so use this as a temporary measure only.

The glorious autumn colour of outdoor bonsai trees

We have been busy on the nursery this autumn but I have still managed to find some time to enjoy the fabulous colours of autumn. Take a look at this lovely Red Oak Bonsai for inspiration:–quercus-rubra-

New Product – Foliar feed, Insecticide, Fungicide……Now in stock!

SB Plant Invigorator – 500ml Ready to use trigger spray

* Insecticide
* Mildewcide
* Foliar Feed
* Organic

We use this weekly on all our bonsai to promote growth and help maintain healthy bonsai (preventing pest and disease attack).
Highly recommended!

This unique 3 in 1 pesticide / mildewcide / foliar nutrient is biodegradable, non-toxic and environmentally friendly.

Why use toxic chemicals when you can use SB Plant Invigorator (SBPI)?

The Environmentally Friendly Pesticide, Mildewcide and Foliar Feed for use on all edible and ornamental crops

The world is becoming much more “environmentally aware”. Large supermarkets chains are demanding lower and lower minimum residue levels (MRL) in fruit, vegetables and now even ornamental crops.

Unlike many other pesticides SBPI does not harm birds & bees

Used by professional and amateur growers and gardeners worldwide. Helps to produce quality fruit, vegetables, flowers, bushes, shrubs and trees.

Controls a wide range of important pest species that include Whitefly, Aphid, Spider Mite, Mealybug, Scale and Psyllids.

SBPI has a “physical mode of action”. The mode of action is non-chemical and non-biological. If applied correctly pests will not become resistant to SBPI.

There is no harvest interval after applying SBPI. The efficacy is excellent.

Non toxic
Suitable for use throughout the year
No harvest interval
Plant stimulant foliar feed for strong healthy
Controls plant pests including Whitefly, Aphid, Spider Mite, Mealybug, Scale & Psyllids
Pests will not become resistant
Controls mildew
Physical mode of action
Helps prevent chlorosis and improves leaf colour and vigour
Plant wash for a cleaner, shiny appearance
Excellent shelf life


We use this weekly on all our bonsai to promote growth and help maintain healthy bonsai (preventing pest and disease attack).
Highly recommended


Feeding your bonsai

Both indoor and outdoor bonsai are actively growing now that we have some sun.
Please feed your bonsai weekly at the moment if using a liquid bonsai fertiliser.
Bonsai will be stronger and healthier if fed regularly.
There are so many manufacturers of bonsai feed that I would recommend simply following the manufacturers instructions.

Pellet and slow release fertilisers are also available but we have found better results with regular liquid feeding.

To purchase bonsai feed please click the link below:–t92-

Bonsai in Autumn

We have received a few e-mails recently from concerned bonsai growers about caring for their bonsai during autumn and winter. We have therefore put together some tips which we hope you will find helpful.

  1. Temperatures at the moment fluctuate between hot and cold; it is therefore necessary to particular attention to the watering. For bonsai in a cold position please ensure you do not overwater; for indoor bonsai please bear in mind that your heating is likely to be on. Central heating can dry out the bonsai very quickly so please be extra vigilant.
  2. Light levels are changing and some yellow leaves are to be expected, even on evergreens. So please do not panic!
  3. Please stop feeding your outdoor bonsai at the end of October. Indoor bonsai should be fed all year round because they will continue to grow.

We would like to welcome you to our new website; we still have a few things to sort out so please bear with us. Please use our blog to express your ideas, experiences and concerns.

Many thanks

Lloyd Noall

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