Enquiry about over-watering or under-watering a bonsai tree and trying to determine what the problem is
We have received an email from James about his bonsai. It is obviously suffering from a watering issue and I have been trying to help him determine the cause of the problem. I thought the following information may be of interest to other readers.
It is not always easy to determine if the bonsai is suffering from over or under watering.
In principle over-watering is a slow deterioration where the bonsai is over-watered for many weeks, the roots begin to rot and then become inefficient at taking up water – you then see symptoms which look similar to the bonsai drying out. (ie. Dry and crispy leaves).
Minor over-watering is often characterised but soft black tips of the leaves.
Another indication of over-watering is the trunk of the bonsai can becoming loose in the pot and it may wobble.
The symptoms of lack of water (under-watering) are rapid, the leaves wilt and go dry and crispy and drop off.
The subsequent bonsai care is different.
If you think your bonsai has been under-watered and allowed to become too dry please stand the bonsai in water so that the water covers the entire pot. Leave for 5 – 10minutes and then allow to drain.
This will evenly re-wet the soil. You can then check daily and keep the soil damp (not too wet). A bonsai without leaves requires less water.
If a bonsai has been over-watered it will take many weeks to see any improvement. The roots must re-grow before you see any signs of new shoots. It is important to keep the soil just damp and not wet. Please do not feed a bonsai until it shows signs of recovering.
I hope these tips help.
Sarah - Bonsai Direct
Valentine's Day Bonsai Tree Gifts
We have a beautiful collection of bonsai tree gifts for Valentines Day 2017.
Truly artistic bonsai gifts with free delivery to most of the UK.
You can add a complimentary message to your order.
This year Valentine's Day is Tuesday 14th February.
You can order NOW and choose Valentine's Day delivery at the checkout.
It is the perfect time to order your gifts, simply choose the bonsai you wish to order - add any bonsai essentials, gift wrap or greetings message.
In the checkout you can choose the perfect delivery date (we deliver 7 days and week and delivery Monday-Friday is FREE to most areas of the UK).
On the morning of delivery you will be notified of your 1 hour delivery slot, so you know when its coming.
You can reply to the courier's message and explain where to leave it if you are not in eg. with a neighbour or in a safe place!
Bonsai Direct has just launched their sale of beautiful indoor and outdoor bonsai trees.
This autumn we have some amazing bonsai bargains. From large specimen Japanese Maples to pretty S-Shaped indoor bonsai.
With free next working day delivery to most areas and care instructions included with all our bonsai trees.
Please take a look at some of our lovely offers below.
Now showing at Bonsai Direct...
The very best in cute appeal - a wonderful collection of baby bonsai trees suitable for indoors. These little trees are taken from our Premium Range and are individually photographed with matching ceramic drip trays.
We have chosen Chinese Sweet Plum (Sageretia theezans) bonsai for this collection; they are particularly pretty indoor bonsai trees suitable for beginners. They have lovely reddish tips to the new foliage and small purple fruits as they mature. The leaf size is perfectly proportioned for growing as baby bonsai and the bark has a fabulous flakey aged appearance. With free delivery, these bonsai are excellent value and would make exceptional gifts.
Small bonsai are known as Shohin in Japanese. Shohin means 'small, miniature or tiny things' and these bonsai are very popular in the Japanese culture. In general 'Shohin Bonsai' are up to 25cm in height and would sit on your hand comfortably.
Below we offer a collection of very cute Shohin bonsai trees for sale, we hope you love them.
Beautiful, artistic & unique bonsai gift ideas for your wife
Struggling to buy your wife the perfect gift? Perhaps it’s her birthday or an anniversary? Are you looking for something a little more personal than soap or bath-bombs or something sincerer and more inspired than a box of chocolates; have you considered a beautiful bonsai tree?
Bonsai trees have special meanings and are a considered choice. Bonsai, in general, symbolise harmony, peace, order of thoughts, balance and all that is good in nature. The Oriental Tea Tree symbolizes ‘heart’.
Not only are bonsai trees beautiful and artistic, they bring a little of nature into your own home and make wonderful gifts. We offer bespoke templates so you gift can be personalised and stunning gift wrap options. With free and fast delivery (with delivery 7 days a week), you can even choose the delivery date.
Over the past 20 years of selling bonsai gifts we have noticed that, in general, women prefer artistic, flowering bonsai with gentle flowing curves. The Oriental Tea Tree (Carmona microphylla) with its dainty white flowers, elegant trunk flow and pretty fresh foliage makes the ideal bonsai for your wife.
Welcome to our new and improved website.
We have just launched our new fresh look website,
designed with you in mind to cover all aspects of growing bonsai trees.
We have the most comprehensive collection of bonsai trees and
accessories for sale with fast free delivery to most areas of the UK.
Here at Bonsai Direct we aim to grow the very best in quality indoor
and outdoor bonsai trees and gifts. We want our website to reflect
our high standards and we hope you find our new website easier to navigate.
We have focused on the quality of our images and offer a fantastic
gift experience and a delivery service second to none.
We have fully optimised our new website to help you access information
whether at your desk, in your home or on the go.
We have extended the navigation to make it easier to find bonsai trees
for yourself, gifts for any occasion and bonsai accessories such as fertiliser
and pruning accessories. You may also search for specific bonsai varieties
and view their attributes.
Bonsai Care & Advice
We have an entire section of our website now dedicated to the care of
bonsai trees, with our latest videos on pruning, wiring and potting.
There is also advice on choosing which bonsai tree is the most suitable for you.
You can now have any bonsai tree gift personalised for only £2.50.
We have a lovely selection of templates for you to choose from,
you simply need to add your personal message.
I hope you enjoy our new website & online shopping experience,
We welcome any helpful comments
All the best Lloyd
It may only be October but we are getting organised here at the offices of Bonsai Direct.
This weekend we shopped for lots of goodies for the charity shoeboxes for the Christmas appeal.
With a little help from my friendly elves a Bonsai Direct we collected shoeboxes (thank you Clarks Shoeshop) and filled them with lots of goodies from pens and paper, toothbrushes, sweet and toys.
They have been wrapped and are ready for delivery. I'm not sure if Father Christmas delivers them personally or if he has a little help from the couriers.
Here are a couple of links from organisations who would love you to get involved:
- Premium Indoor Bonsai
- Indoor Bonsai
- Bonsai Gifts
- Bonsai Birthday Gifts
- Bonsai Birthday Gifts - for HIM
- Bonsai Birthday Gifts - for HER
- Anniversary Bonsai Gifts
- Retirement Bonsai Gifts
- Wedding Bonsai Gifts
- Thank You Bonsai Gifts
- Romantic Bonsai Gifts
- Get Well Bonsai Gifts
- Sympathy Bonsai
- New Baby Bonsai Gifts
- Congratulations Bonsai Gifts
- Gifts for Other Occasions
- Special Events
- Bonsai Kits
- Outdoor Bonsai
- SPRING BONSAI