Bonsai Help & Advice - Question & Answer

You are most welcome to contact us below if you would like any help or advice about your bonsai tree. Please remember that seasonal leaf drop is normal and to be expected. We welcome your enquiries. Lloyd Noall

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  • Julie MacBrayne
    Julie MacBrayne 17th April 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Hi there, I would like to buy a 30 yr old bonsai tree as a gift for my sister's 30th. Can you recommend a tree that of this age that would be suitable for a beginner? Any advice is much appreciated.

    Best wishes
    Julie

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Julie,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      I am assuming you would prefer an indoor bonsai. My personal recommendation would be a Chinese Elm.
      They are really lovely bonsai with perfectly proportioned foliage and great character, they are also easy to care for. We do have some bonsai of this age. We shall take some photographs and I shall contact you when they are on our website. Hopefully I will be in touch later today,
      Kind regards
      Lloyd

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Julie,
      I have asked our photographer to photograph the Chinese Elm bonsai we have at approximately 30 years in age.
      Please see the links below. Bonsai of this age are mature trees and have undergone a considerable amount of work.
      Generally larger bonsai are easier to care for; the pots are larger and hold more water and the bonsai are substantial.

      www.bonsaidirect.co.uk/item/2455/premium-range-chinese-elm-bonsai-in-green-glazed-pot

      www.bonsaidirect.co.uk/item/2258/premium-range-chinese-elm-bonsai-in-royal-blue-pot-

      www.bonsaidirect.co.uk/item/2450/powerful-premium-range-chinese-elm-bonsai--age-25-30-years-

      www.bonsaidirect.co.uk/item/2452/premium-range-chinese-elm-bonsai--25-30-years-

      www.bonsaidirect.co.uk/item/2317/premium-chinese-elm-bonsai-tree

      Obviously these are mature bonsai trees, we do stock bonsai of all prices and sizes. It may also be worth looking at our 'indoor bonsai' and 'bonsai gifts' sections.
      If you have any questions we are more than happy to try and help.
      Kind regards
      Sarah
      Bonsai Direct

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  • Anastasia Theodosiou
    Anastasia Theodosiou 4th May 2011 at 10:56 am

    Hi there,

    I bought a lovely Chinese Elm from your website in February, and it has been growing beautifully since then. Two weeks ago, I had to go out of the country, and our cleaner kindly volunteered to look after the bonsai while we were away. You can imagine how disappointed I was to find it all but dead on my return! She forgot to water it for the first week, and then took to watering it liberally every day until I returned. The leaves are now all very dry and shriveled, and some are yellow and falling off. Is there anything I can do to save my beautiful tree?!

    Many thanks and best wishes,
    Anastasia

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    • Bonsai Direct
      Bonsai Direct 4th May 2011 at 11:05 am

      Dear Anastaia,
      Oh, how disappointing.
      Firstly you can see if the bonsai is still alive by making some small nicks in the trunk with a sharp knife - if the bonsai is still alive the layer beneath the bark will be green. If it has dired out too much this layer will look brown.
      Hopefully it will still be green. Please do not worry about the leaf drop - the bonsai will drop all its leaves to protect itself from drying out further.
      Please keep the soil just damp (not too wet).
      If you have a mister please mist the branches daily in addition to checking the soil for water.
      The best healer is simply time. This is a good time of year so hopefully new buds will be seen in the next couple of months.
      Please do not feed your bonsai until it has recovered.
      I hope this helps
      Kind regards

      Sarah

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  • daisy

    hello,
    would it be possible to tell me what type of bonsai this is, i know its only small but i would really appreciate any help as i would like to be able to care for it properly.

    http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb449/daisyfgw/SDC10964.jpg

    Thank you
    Daisy

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Daisy,
      Thank you for your photograph. I regret at the moment it is too young and the leaves are not well enough formed for us to determine what type of seedling it may be. Perhaps in a few months when the leaves have formed could you send us another image.
      Watering is the most important thing at this stage.
      Keep the soil moist (not wet otherwise it may rot). It has plenty of natural daylight so the position seems ideal.
      Please do not feed it until it is grown another 6 inches.
      I am sorry I cannot be of more help,
      kind regards
      Sarah

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      • daisy

        Hello,
        Thank you for the quick reply, i thought as much i keep it alittle bit damp at all times as the position its in might dry the soil out quicker. Thanks for mentioning about the feeding as i was going to add afew drops of feed to the next water however ill leave that for now.
        Thank you again
        Daisy

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  • Bonsai Direct

    Dear Daisy,
    You're welcome.
    Hopefully in a few months time we shall be able to help you identify your bonsai seedling.
    I believe it a variety of outdoor bonsai.
    Happy growing!
    All the best
    Sarah

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  • Jimmy

    Hi Lloyd,

    My sister got a bonzai tree not long ago and it has started to die (green to brown) on her. Even though she's read books on bonzai trees she is clueless on how to help it. Maybe you have an idea on how to treat it? When putting it in the sun the process accelerated. As you can see on one of the pictures, it looks like there is some type of fungus on it.

    Pictures:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/JimpaDimpa/AnneliBonzai?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCMa9nqbh4Yj-MQ&feat=directlink

    Thanks,
    Jimmy

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Jimmy,
      This is a Japanese White Pine which is an outdoor bonsai and normally likes a bright sunny position.
      It looks as though it has root rot from over watering in the past. Pines like to be fairly dry and should not stand in water in a drip tray.
      I suggest a shady, outdoor location and keep the soil fairly dry. Please be patient they take a long time to recover.
      Please keep watering to a minimum (ie I recommend you push your finger into the soil and when it feels dry about 1cm below the soil surface give it some water but do not saturate it).
      The white deposit is a type of water residue and will gradually go. It does not harm the bonsai.
      I hope this helps.
      all the best

      Lloyd

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  • Tri Nguyen

    Hi. Last year, I started wiring my bonsai. My bonsai grew quite a bit last year, so the wiring is cutting through the plant. I tried removing it but it will tear the bark of my plant. One part of the branch is covering up the wire. What should I do?
    Please help.
    Thank you.

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Thank you for your enquiry. Please remove any wire that you can with a pair of bonsai wire cutters. In the area that the bark has covered you will have to leave the wire alone because the cambium layer now covers this area and you could do more harm than good.

      For future reference, please check the wire on your bonsai every week, as if could get tight within just a few weeks and cause wire scarring. Please remove the wire completely as soon as the wire looks tight. You can then re-wire if necessary. I hope this helps.
      all the best
      Lloyd

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  • Colin Elmes

    Please help, as a birthday present last year my wife purchased a Chinese Elm (indoor) as I want to look at it all year round along with my other Bonsai sited in the conservatory. All the trees are fed on a daily basis from the same watering can and are doing nicely including a cutting from the Chinese Elm. My first Elm is about 460mm high and the trunk is 90mm circum.In march this year the leaves started to grow but then wained back and shrivelled today I have no leaves and the bark is splitting badly, i care deeply about all the trees i have and carefully nurture them but I am not getting any good response to my dear Elm, can any one help please, i am quite happy to have my e-mail address displayed.
    Thank you for any assistance.
    Colin

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Colin,
      Thank you for your enquiry. Please could you let me know if the leaves changed colour on your Chinese Elm bonsai just before they started to drop. Did they go spotty or black at the tips or crispy?
      Please could you also check if the bonsai is still alive. You can do this by making some small nicks in the trunk and branches with a sharp knife. If the layer beneath the bark (the cambium layer) is still green the this is a great sign.
      Also; I wondered if any other bonsai have lost any leaves. Chinese Elms can be susceptible to black spot, for example, so we need to find the cause.
      If you get chance it would be great to have a photograph. You could e-mail me at [email protected] and I would then be able to make some recommendations.
      Please could you clarify if you feed your bonsai daily with a bonsai fertiliser or if you just check for water daily.
      My advice would be not to feed a sick bonsai becuase this can actually make things worse. please keep the soil just damp.
      I look forward to some photographs,
      kind regards
      Sarah - Bonsai Direct

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  • Allan F Buckley

    I have a large collection of bonsai both indoor and outdoor purchased over the last 15 years from various outlets. Among these is the "Pepper Tree" of which i have purchased quite a number but have never been able to keep one over a winter period.They have all beem kept in a South facing window indoors at room temperature and not allowed to dry out. The leaves have faded and dropped off towards the end of the year but have never recovered the following Spring.Can you give me any advice on this subject regarding the Pepper tree, my other Bonsai have never acted in this manner according to different species of which i have had a high success rate. Thanking you Allan F Buckley.

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Allan,
      Thank you for your enquiry. The best thing I can explain is how keep our Pepper Trees.
      Firstly; we find this a relatively easy bonsai to care for so please do not give up hope. There will be a reason why your Pepper trees are struggling.

      We keep our Pepper tree bonsai at a minimum of 12-13 oC at night and a minimum of 18oC during the day. They like a bright position.
      We feed them weekly with a liquid bonsai fertiliser.
      Pepper tree bonsai are both hungry and thirsty bonsai so please keep them well watered but not soggy.
      They grow their root system rapidly so we root prune them every summer otherwise they tend to get pot bound very quickly.
      Please could you let me know if the leaves change colour or what the symptoms are when they start to struggle.
      I am wondering it is might be advisable to give them a preventative spray with an insecticide, as they can get Red Spider Mite and you would not see it.
      I look forward to hearing from you,
      Kind regards
      Lloyd

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Allan,
      I wondered; have you used air freshener near to your pepper Trees? Certain indoor bonsai react badly to the use of air freshener.
      I just thought it was worth a mention,
      kind regards
      Sarah
      Bonsai Direct

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  • gary

    red maple 70 yrs old recently repotted plenty of moisture leaves forming but they are limp like it needs water but it doesent have cared for it for 30 yrs

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Gary,
      It sounds like your bonsai is a little stressed from re-potting. It may be caused by leafing rapidly due to warm weather not long after being re-potted.
      I would recommend a cool location out of strong winds, please keep the soil damp and do not feed the bonsai until the leaf stress has disappeared.
      If the symptoms persist please could you send me a photograph - [email protected]
      many thanks
      Lloyd

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  • Isabella

    Hello,

    My bonsai tree looks dead. It suddenly lost all its leaves about 2 months ago. Some new shoots appeared after this, but they dried up and fell off within a few weeks too. Since this happened in the middle of summer, I thought it was too early for it to be shedding its leaves for autumn, and I decreased the watering after reading advice on other forums. Do you have any more advice? Here are some snaps.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/94an6qdtjpibylg/P1010011.JPG

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/d6eby454w6pcazw/P1010008.JPG

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/5e0og6yckdpwgos/P1010009.JPG

    Thanks!

    Isabella

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Isabella,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      I agree your bonsai does not look very happy. Please could you let me know what happened. Did the leaves go crispy or change colour?
      I believe this is a Chines Elm bonsai and I would expect it to loose some leaves when we enter Autumn, but 2 months ago was very early.
      Once a bonsai does lose leaves you do need to reduce the water slightly but the soil does look quite dry.
      To see if the bonsai is alive please make some nicks in the bark of the trunk and branches.
      If the layer beneath the bark is green, then the bonsai is alive.
      Please give the bonsai plenty of light (but out of direct sun) and keep the soil damp to the touch.
      If you have a mister please mist the branches daily - this will speed up recovery.
      We need to ascertain what happened so i would be grateful if you could let me know what the symptoms were before the bonsai lost all its leaves.
      many thanks
      Sarah
      Bonsai Direct

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  • Isabella

    Dear Sarah,

    Thank you very much for your prompt advice. I made some nicks in the bark and sadly all I see is light brown and no green...

    Before the leaves fell I did notice some darkening of the tips, and perhaps some dark spots. Then they became totally brown and shrivelled and fell.

    It has been getting a lot of direct sunlight, as I thought this is what it needed :(

    I'd greatly appreciate any further advice, as, if there is no chances of recovering this plant, I don't want to make the same mistakes on another one.

    Thanks again,

    Isabella

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Isabella,
      Unfortunately, if the cambium layer has gone brown then the bonsai has died.
      The brown tips of the leaves are a symptom of over-watering.
      The brown colour starts at the tips and works upwards and you general find that the roots begin to rot and that the bonsai wobbles in the pot.
      Please have another go: Chinese Elms are fabulous bonsai and you should position them in good daylight but not if full sun in mid summer; they get too hot!
      Please keep the soil damp. If the soil is wet then do not water, as soon as the soil is barely damp then you need to water well and soak the soil.
      I hope this helps
      all the best
      Sarah

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  • Isabella

    Thank you also for identifying the bonsai type.

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  • joe

    Hello,

    I have an Oriental Tea Trea bonsai. The soil was recently quite dry after an extended period without watering and looking at the above Q&As I believe I may have now over-watered it. Many Nearly all of the leaves turned limp, drooped, and went black.

    My question is whether this is now a lost cause or not? Is there anything I can do to help give it a full recovery as it is sadly looking quite sorry for itself right now and I feel quite guilty!

    Thanks in advance

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Hi Joe,
      It does sound like it has been over watered. The black leaves are a very good indication.
      All the leaves will drop but this does not mean that the bonsai is dead.
      Please give the bonsai plenty of light and keep the soil just damp (not wet).
      I am not sure if it will recover - it depends how much root rot the bonsai has suffered and over how a period.
      It will take well into the spring to ascertain this.
      If you make a few nicks in the trunk and branches with a sharp knife you can see if the bonsai is still alive.
      If the layer beneath the bark is green then the bonsai is alive; if the layer is brown then unfortunately the bonsai has not survived.
      I hope this helps

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  • Steven

    Hi,
    I have Chinese Elm which I bought back in April'12 from another online nursery and has been growing well indoors, until about November when slowly by slowly all the leaves dropped off leaving a completely bear tree. I have recently re-potted it as I felt the soil for which it was originally planted in was too compacted and had white insects in the soil. I completely washed away all soil and had a look at the root system cutting back if necessary and re-potted in a Akadama soil mix. I have also preformed a cambium test on a couple of the branches and they are both showing a dark green underneath the bark. Is there anything else I can do for it at present or will I have to wait till nearer spring to see ?

    Reply
    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Steven,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      It is very normal to lose a few leaves as you enter winter, but not all the leaves.
      Having not seem the white insects I am unable to advise you - some white nematodes are beneficial.
      Now that it has been repotted please do not feed for one month and keep the soil just damp.
      Please give the bonsai as much light as possible - Chinese Elms are excellent at recovering.
      It will take a few months to recover - it would be nice to know the cause of the leaf drop - did the leaves change colour or go crispy?
      Is the bonsai near an air freshener?
      I hope this helps
      kind regards
      sarah

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      • Steven

        Hi Sarah,

        Thanks for your reply, the elm is situated facing a north window, on a stand about waist height in a middle of a room. If the light in the room is bad on a particular day or like now when there is no sun to be seen. I use a Grow Light for 3 to 4 hours per day. Never used air freshener in the room and the window situated in the room are open just a touch to let some air in for half day, other windows in other rooms are also open a little just to get some air flow in. I am not sure however whether the cleaner might of sprayed something to clean the stand, will have to ask. However what is the best way to water the tree is it better to soak it for 10 mins in room temp water or just to give it minimal water by jug at the moment ? I only water at the moment every week when required.
        The leaves seemed to be more dry than crispy however they turn a yellowish green brown colour not all of them but most of them, final third seemed to just drop off in November. Please note they the tree soil has never tried, but however seemed to be very soaked all the time, this is why I decided to change the soil to completely.

        Look forward to your reply.
        Steven

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  • Lauren Watson

    Hi, I have a Norfolk Island Pine and some leaves are going yellow and dropping off, Any advice?

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  • CotyLilly

    Hi
    I recently planted some black forest pine bonsai seeds and three have sprouted. The instructions with the kit said to remove the plastic wrap from the top of the little pot once they sprouted and move them to a spot with direct morning sun. But now the first to sprout has gone limp and is laying on its side. Whats wrong with it?

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    • Bonsai Direct

      I would recommend that you replace the plastic wrap - the humidity has dropped too quickly.
      When the seedlings look like they have recovered pierce a few small holes in the plastic wrap.
      The next day pierce some more holes and each day make them bigger until after about 5-6 days remove the plastic wrap and they will have re-acclimatised to standard humidity levels,
      I hope this helps
      kind regards
      Sarah

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  • ROSALYN JELLY

    Hi Sarah. I did send you a email about my 30 year bonsai which is on a stone in water and you said have I thought of re-potting it. Did you mean potting it in compose. ??? I have got the fertilizer you recommended how much do you think I should put in the dish that the plant sits in. Only the details on the bottle is for plants in pot and compose. thank you Ros

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  • Peter Butler

    I have no Bonsai experience but I decided I would attempt to "bonsai" an alder sapling in the autumn of 2013. I put it into a shallow pot at an angle ( I'm not sure why now !) and now it is starting to produce branches quite quickly. Now I haven't a clue really how to train or prune it and I am frightened to cut any leaves. I also have an oak sapling about 4 inches tall. What should I do with them? Many thanks.

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    • Bonsai Direct
      Bonsai Direct 20th May 2015 at 6:50 am

      Dear Peter,
      Generally with small outdoor saplings you need to let them grow quite large for approx 4 years - they will get far too tall but you need to let the trunks thicken.
      They can then be pruned down to achieve the correct height.
      I hope this helps
      kind regards
      Sarah

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  • Holly Smith

    Hi,
    I bought a bonsai at the beginning of September, it's the first one I've had and have been watering it every few days when the soil looks dry, and feeding it once every ten days. But over the past week, the leaves have started to turn black and crispy, and I have no idea what to do next. I've cut back the leaves that were already dead, but want to know if there's anything I can do to get my bonsai looking well again. It has barely any leaves and is quite a sorry sight now.

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  • Marcus

    Hi I usually water my Chinese elm bonsai in a saucepan of water for 20 mins once a week. I accidentally left it in there over night the other night and since then the leaves have become very light colored and are dropping off. Have I killed my bonsai or is this just normal coming into winter?

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Hi Marcus, Standing the bonsai in water for one night will not affect you bonsai at all.
      It sounds like season leaf drop; is it just the old leaves which are dropping?
      many thanks
      Sarah

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  • Kam

    Bought a Chinese elm from here recently and it looks healthy to me and has started budding loads of healthy new leaves/shoots. One question, I am getting the odd leaf which is turning a pale yellow with darker green dots on it which then eventually fall off? Can upload pictures if needed but can anyone help tell me what this is, very inexperienced and think it might be spider mites but that's just a guess from stuff I read online but I use the sb protector once a week so maybe it's something else . It's an indoor tree by the way.

    Reply
    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Kam,
      It is very common for a Chinese Elm bonsai to lose a few of the old leaves. If the new leaves look healthy then I suspect that it is just the old leaves which will drop. it should not affect the new growing tips.
      If this worsens or you are worried please send us a photo,
      Kind regards
      Sarah

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      • Kam

        Thanks for the quick reply Sarah. I do think it's progressively got worse as some of the leaves affected aren't old. I've emailed you some pictures now! Thanks for your help.

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  • Nic

    Hi! I received a bonsai growing set as a present for Christmas last year. i planted all the seeds and the first batch failed, but the second batch i had 2 survive and grow, one sadly died when i repotted it and it just didnt grow. but now i have 1 left and it has been growing for about a year now. thus being the first ever bonsai i have grown. i dont have a clue what i am supposed to do now and im feeling like there is something i should be doing, hence why im here asking :D. Thanks

    heres a picture of it:
    http://imgur.com/sTsVhM0

    if that cant be viewed i can email it instead. Thanks!

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    • Nic

      I forgot to mention, its either an Australian flowering gum tree or a st Josephs bread tree. Thanks!

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Hi Nic,
      You need to let your little bonsai grow much taller. This will thicken the trunk and let the branches develop.
      In a couple of years you can prune it down to the correct height.
      You need to feed it with a bonsai feed such as the one in the link below:
      https://www.bonsaidirect.co.uk/item/1851/liquid-bonsai-fertiliser--t92-
      I hope this helps
      kind regards
      Sarah

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  • Kam

    I made a post and then emailed pictures but was never replied to please the problem went but suddenly has come back and a few more leaves are looking yellow with freckles on them and then eventually falling off. I did send an email with pictures? Any help appreciated.

    Kam

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Hi Kam,
      Most of the bonsai looks absolutely fine; it is not uncommon for any tree to lose a few older leaves.
      Generally the new growth looks strong and healthy.
      Are the new shoots being affected?
      I may be a good idea to spray with a plant invigorator - we use this weekly as a preventive measure:
      https://www.bonsaidirect.co.uk/item/4582/sb-plant-invigorator---500ml-ready-to-use-trigger-spray

      kind regards
      Sarah

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  • Fil hassan

    Hi. I've got a Japanese holly. It was growing well. Starting flowering. Then all of a sudden it's starting to lose its leaves. But they go black first then get crispy then fall off. Please can someone advise. Thank you.

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    • Bonsai Direct

      This is a watering issue. Without seeing the bonsai it is hard to ascertain if it has been over-watered for a long time or has dried out.
      If the bonsai is getting looser in the pot then it is likely to be over-watering.
      I hope this helps

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  • Dylan

    I have a chinese elm that had spider mites and lost most of its leaves. Now everything is really spindly and the branches have not filled back in. Its about 4 yrs old and I'm wondering if I can trim all the branches back to the trunk, so that it can grow back in nice and thick and not look so sparse.

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Dylan,
      Yes of course please prune. Its a great time of year to prune your bonsai.
      We have produced a video on pruning a Chinese elm Bonsai:
      https://www.bonsaidirect.co.uk/p/pruning-bonsai
      I hope it helps you,
      kind regards
      Sarah - Bonsai Direct

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  • Cyrus

    Hi,

    I Have two Japanese Elm which i have grown from seed indoors in London.They are about a year old. Earlier in the year their leaves started to dry up and fall off. After a few months bulbs started to appear along the branches but these never sprouted and have remained brown. Both the trees have no leaves, but they don't seem dead, the bark is still green underneath. I recently before the start of spring repotted both of them and have started feeding them with a diluted liquid fertiliser, nothing seems to be happening. Hopefully you will be able to give me some advice.

    kind regards,
    Cyrus

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Cyrus,
      If the leaves went dry and crispy it sounds as though they could have dried out.
      It is great that the cambium layer is still green,
      Please keep the soil damp (not too wet).
      If you have a mister please mist the branches daily. This will increase the humidity.
      Alternatively if you have a garden please place in semi-shade for the summer making sure you check for watering.
      Outside the humidity is greater so the bonsai should bud back more quickly,
      I hope this helps
      kind regards
      Sarah - Bonsai Direct

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  • Dan

    Hi i have a Chinese elm which is very young not sure on age I haven't a clue what I'm doing so I'm seeking some advice when can I start training my bonsai into a shape what I want it to look like and trimming branches etc or is there a really good book with this information in

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Hi Dan,
      I do not know of a book that goes back to propagation stage.
      We start training the trunk shape from young.
      It would need to be at least one year for you shape it.
      I hope these videos help.
      1. Pruning your bonsai tree
      https://youtu.be/oPflhk7QEb8

      2. Styling your bonsai tree using wiring
      https://youtu.be/HFAdci5S1Gk

      3. Potting your bonsai tree (when it is older)
      https://youtu.be/FmYG0p03PSc

      I hope this helps
      kind regards
      Sarah - Bonsai Direct

      I hope this helps
      Bonsai Direct

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  • Zahir

    Hello :)

    I'm in desperate need of professional advice! I've purchased a once-lovely Greek Myrtle bonsai. It pains me now that the leaves are all shriveled and fall off easily. they don't brown pr yellow at all. instead some of the previous leaves went a darker dull green and fell off. currently they are green but completely shriveled up. I water the plants every 3 - 4 days and it is placed a meter away from a window that gets lots of morning light (east facing). i have another bonsai that seems to be very happy in the same conditions but i don't know what to do with 'dearest myrtle. I could also send in a pic if that helps. Please save us!

    Regards
    Zahir

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  • Andrada

    Hi. I recently got a chineese bird bonsai and it was perfect when it came but now his leaves are slowly fading. They do not fall they are just like lifless like i said fading. What can i do? Please help me

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    • bonsaidirect

      Dear Andrada,
      When you say a Chinese Bird bonsai do you mean the Sweet Plum (Sagaretia theezans) which some people call the bird plum?
      If so please could you email me a photo and I can check the symptoms.
      kind regards
      Sarah ([email protected])

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  • Kam

    Hi

    My Chinese elm has started to develop a lot of new shoots which are quite long and dangly with the foliage on it spread far apart, while this has begun it's also lost a lot of its leaves from existing branches more in the centre of the tree which has left the tree looking a little unpleasant, could you please help and say how I could maybe encourage growth on the existing branches to get a fuller looking tree?

    Thank you

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    • bonsaidirect

      Dear Kam,
      If you prune off the new growing tips you will encourage back budding and new leaves will open closer to the branches.
      I hope this video helps,
      https://www.bonsaidirect.co.uk/blog/bonsai-care-advice/bonsai-care-information/how-do-i-prune-my-bonsai-tree-2/

      kind regards
      sarah

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  • Catherine

    Hello,

    I bought an oriental tee tree bonsai from Bonsai Direct for my boyfriend in December. It took some time for the tree to settle and the leaves started dropping, I think due to seasonal change but then it started doing really well and flowers started appearing. We went away for a week in May and gave the bonsai to my boyfriend's parents to look after. When we cam back, the bonsai didn't look too well and lately the tree is looking very bare (all the leaves are falling off) and unhealthy. Please can you give us any advice to help bring the bonsai back to life?

    Thanks for your help.

    Catherine

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    • bonsaidirect

      Hi Catherine,
      Do you think the bonsai has dried out? Have the leaves gone dry and crispy?
      kind regards
      Sarah

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  • Zara

    Hello,

    I bought a ficus bonsai 3 weeks ago and I'm worried that it's already dying-the leaves are falling off, turning yellow or shrivelling up. And the bark is covered in tiny white/yellow spots. Any ideas as to what I can do?

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    • bonsaidirect

      Dear Zara,
      This sounds environmental. Why did you purchase the bonsai?
      Are you able to take a photo and send it to them?
      Kind regards
      Sarah

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