Bonsai Help ~ Pepper Tree Bonsai Advice

We have received this great question from Allan about this pepper tree bonsai:

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.

Bonsai Direct Reply:

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

If you have any questions about your bonsai please do not hesitate to ask!

9 thoughts on “Bonsai Help ~ Pepper Tree Bonsai Advice”

  • vaida

    Hi Lloyd

    I just bought pepper bonsai tree and its seems that leaves are getting yellow and falling down. Can you please advise me what should I do?
    Thanks
    Vaida

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Vaida,
      If you could send me a photo (Lloyd@bonsaidirect.co.uk). It could just be re-acclimatising to its new position or it may be lack of water.
      I think I would prefer to see a photo before a make a recommendation because it may just be seasonal changes.
      kind regards
      Lloyd

      Reply
  • Stefan

    Thank you so much for these answers. It has helped me a lot. Now just to wait and see what the leaves are doing.(First time bonsai)

    Reply
  • Ahmed

    I have had a Japanese red pepper tree for about a year
    The leaves are dropping & dry despite watering daily

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Ahmed,
      I apologise my I have not heard of a Japanese red Pepper tree.
      I wonder if your bonsai has been over-watered and maybe suffering from root rot, making it difficult for the bonsai to take up water.
      Have the leave son the bonsai gone black?
      kind regards
      Bonsai Direct

      Reply
  • Syed Mehdi

    Hi there,
    Just recently about a month back
    I bought Bonsai Pepper Tree. It is
    kept near a window and watering
    regularly when the top soil stones
    get dried up. Now I have noticed
    that everyday some leaves are dropping off from the tree. Can you
    please guide what steps should I take
    to stop leaves shedding?
    Many thanks,

    Syed

    Reply
    • Bonsai Direct

      It could be just seasonal leaf drop. Are the new and old leaves affected or is it just the old leaves?
      The new growing tips should be green.
      When the leaves drop do they change colour or go dry and crispy?
      Kind regards
      Bonsai Direct

      Reply
      • Syed

        Hi there,
        Thanks for your reply. The leaves which have dropped couple of days
        are green. To give more aerification
        to the roots, I poke several areas of
        the compost with a fine screw driver.
        This method has worked and now the
        leaves are not dropping. Today I want
        to ask you about watering & feeding.
        My pepper tree is near a window and
        is getting full sun when sunny. How often should I water and feed. I use
        Tomorite liquid to feed. Also do I need to spray its leaves from time to time.

        Reply
        • Bonsai Direct

          It is a good idea to spray the leaves daily if you have time. This is in addition to the watering.
          Please do not feed with Tomorite, it is too strong and could scorch the roots of the bonsai.
          I attach a link which I hope will help with feeding:
          https://www.bonsaidirect.co.uk/p/how-do-i-feed-my-bonsai-tree-
          I hope this helps
          kind regards
          Lloyd

          Reply
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