Chinese Sweet Plum (Sageretia theezans) Bonsai Care Instructions

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41 thoughts on “Chinese Sweet Plum (Sageretia theezans) Bonsai Care Instructions”

  • mohammed

    hi
    bought a chinese sweet plum from you in April, overall its doing ok, i am its getting alot of new shoots and leaves.
    i water it once a day after testing the the soil with a moisture meter, its a manual meter going from 0-10 where 0 is dry and 10 is wet i water it roughly every 24hrs. where reading is around 5 which is moist.
    i keep a abit of water in the humidity tray but i make sure it is below the drainage holes.

    i lose 1,2 or 3 leaves a day, leaves go yellow and brown/black and fall off. there is no reduction in in foilege as its getting alot of new growth however i am considering trying to water it every other day

    any advice?
    mohammed

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    • Bonsai Direct
      Bonsai Direct 21st May 2013 at 7:34 am

      Dear Mohammed,
      I think it is probably just the old leaves dropping - this is perfectly normal because they are being replaced by new leaves. This happens when you first buy a bonsai and is something which happens constantly during the growth period.
      Only be concerned if the new growing tips are affected.

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  • mohammed

    Thanks, i thought it may be a over watering issue

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  • Heidi

    Hi, I received a Chinese sweet plum bonsia about a year and a half ago, lately some of the leaves have been losing their green colour and appear quite papery and thin, some of the leave have brown tips, but not many, I water pretty much everday after checking the soil and feed once a week. The growing tips are fine and there are new leaves forming, but some if them go papery after a while of being opened. I'm worried that something is wrong with it, or I haven't been caring for it properly,

    thanks, Heidi

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    • Bonsai Direct
      Bonsai Direct 24th May 2013 at 7:47 am

      Dear Heidi,
      This can be quite normal for a Sweet Plum - basically the old leaves will drop and the next shoots will grow.
      When the new shoots are about 3cm in length prune them back to the first pair of new leaves.
      This then encourages back budding and new leaves will develop where the old ones drop off.
      Your bonsai may need a larger pot this summer if it has not been re-potted for 2 years - if there is plenty of room then it should be ok for another year.
      I hope this helps
      kind regards
      Sarah

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      • Heidi

        Thanks for your advice Sarah, I'll continue pruning and watering, and I'll check soon to see if it needs a bigger pot,

        regards, Heidi

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  • Chris

    I bought a sweet plum bonsai from you in May 2013 and all of the leaves have fallen off completly. It is kept in a well lit room but not in direct sunlight. I have watered it almost twice a week (when dry on top and needed) I also bought fertiliser from your website and used it weekly (following correct instuctions).
    I think the bonsai tree is dead :( there is small patches of white on the roots and not a single leaf. Will it revive or should I throw it away.?? Any advice would be helpful.

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Chris,
      I am sorry to hear that your bonsai is struggling. To check if it alive you need to make some small nicks with a sharp knife if the trunk and branches.
      If the cambium layer beneath the bark is green then the bonsai is still alive.
      We have experienced a very hot summer and have watered every day, sometimes twice a day.
      Did the leaves go crispy or change colour when they dropped?
      It is very likely that your bonsai may have dried out but I would prefer to check the symptoms and see a photo (Please could you send one to me [email protected]).
      Kind regards
      Sarah

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      • Chris

        Hi Sarah,

        I have emailed you and sent across 3 pictures.

        I would appreciate your advice.
        Thank you

        Chris

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        • Bonsai Direct

          It sounds as though it could have scorched; if the leaves went crispy and dropped. Either that or it dried out for a short time.
          This happens when the bonsai cannot take water up to the leaves quickly enough so the tree drops its leaves to protect the roots and branches.
          The cambium layer being green is a great sign.
          It is starting to get cooler during the night so I would only put the bonsai outside during the daytime - the increased humidity will help the bonsai re-leaf more quickly, but it can take several weeks at this time of year.
          You are correct, only feed when in leaf.
          I hope this helps,
          all the best
          Sarah

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          • Chris

            Thank you for all the advice. I will keep a close eye on it over the next few weeks. Just one last question, should I cut it back - obviously not the thicker branches but the fairly new ones that grew just prior to this happening, should I cut them all off to give it a better chance or will this cause distress??
            Thank you again

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  • Bonsai Direct

    I think I would just leave it so see where the new shoots start to bud.

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  • Mike

    Hi,

    I think I might have killed my sweet plub bonsai. All the leaves are on the tree but they are crisp dry. I think the base went dry for a day last weekend. I have made a cut in the bark and it doesn't look overly green to me. I have sent pictures to [email protected] Can you tell me if I've killed it? Do I need to cut the bark somewhere else or deeper?

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Thanks for the photos Mike - your bonsai has definitely dried out - I can see the crispy leaves.
      These leaves will drop off.
      You can make some nicks in the branches too - you do not need to go deeper.
      My advice would be to stand the whole pot in water for 5 mins and if you have a garden put outside for a few weeks - the humidity is higher outside.
      Only time will tell how far it has dried out and if it can recover.

      Do not be inclined to over-water - just water as necessary,
      I hope this helps
      kind regards
      Sarah

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  • Mike

    Thanks Sarah. I'll do as you say and hope for the best. Thank you for the advice.

    Cheers,
    Mike.

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  • Ana

    Hi,
    I got a Chinese sweet plum tree from this website in december. It went through a phase of brown leaves, and barely growing any. Now the leaves look healthy, but only growing in specific areas. The other areas (the top and the sides) haven't had any leaves for a few months now. Is there anything i can do about this, or will they not grow anymore?

    Thanks,
    Ana

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Ana,
      It sounds as though the bonsai could have dried out in the early days. I am so pleased the new growth is strong and healthy. To see if the branches which do not have any leaves on are alive you need to make some small nicks in these branches with your thumb nail or sharp knife. The layer immediately beneath the bark needs to be green from these branches to grow leaves.
      If the layer is brown then you can grow a new shoot and wrap the new shoot around the old branch. It is a technique which we call wrap around and it works really. Even in the wild a tree will lose branches and its structure will change as a result so this is nothing a normal tree will not do.
      I hope this helps
      kind regards
      Sarah - Bonsai Direct

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      • Ana

        Thank you so much for your reply, could you explain the wrap around technique in more detail please? I will definitely give it a go!
        Ana

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  • Sarah

    I have had my Chinese Sweet Plum bonsai for over two years but it has never flowered or produced plums. It seems healthy and happy but I'm wondering if there is something I'm not doing?

    Thank you

    Sarah

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Hi Sarah,
      The Chinese Sweet Plum only produces fruit as it matures, It would need to be 13-15 years before it fruits.
      This is probably the reason for lack of fruit,
      kind regards
      Sarah

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  • Ed

    Hi,
    I've had my Chinese Sweet Plum for about 3 months and I placed it by a windowsill with some sunlight but its winter so not much. Almost straight away new lighter green shoots came up and the leaves were much bigger than the original ones. Later they started shrivelling up and had pretty obviously died. I water once every day or two and make sure the soil is damp. What am I doing wrong? Any help would be appreciated.
    Happy Christmas!
    Ed

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Hi Ed,
      Please could you e-mail us a photo so we can check out the symptoms; it was obviously very happy and then deteriorated so we need to ascertain the cause,
      Kind regards and Happy New Year
      Sarah
      [email protected]

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  • Vivienn

    I received a chinese sweet plum as a gift and it was dry when i got it as I think the giver had it first for a few days. the leaves are all brown and crispy, I have nicked the branches and the trunk and they are not green but a light brown. is it dead?

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Vivienn, It does not sound great. Have you checked for a green cambium layer in several places? It must have really dried out for the leaves to have gone so brown and crispy.
      If you cannot find any green just beneath the bark I am very doubtful that it will recover but probably worth giving it a couple of months in the garden to be sure. Please keep the soil damp. I hope this helps. kind regards Sarah - Bonsai Direct

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  • Antonio

    I just bought a sageretia prebonsai,i am keeping it in a place at 1.50-2meters from any heating source,direct sunlight for almost 2 hours a day and temperatures at night 15°C and at day 30°,is it a good place to keep it? Thanks!

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    • bonsaidirect

      That sounds like a great place. It is obviously getting warm during the day so please check for water daily and ensure the soil is kept damp.

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  • Antonia

    Hello

    I need some help with my bonsai.

    I purchased a sweet plum bonsai from you back in August. Slowly the leaves at the top are drying off and falling but not being replaced and looking quite bare.

    However, there is still very good growth off the trunk. The leaves coming out are large compared to the original leaves.

    When I water it, the water goes straight through. Not sure if this is connected. Watering it now in winter every two days.

    What can I do to make it happier?

    Many thanks
    Ant

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  • Giuseppe

    Hi all,

    My tree has some very little spots under the foils.

    They look like small black insect eggs but the tree looks still pretty healthy.

    Should I take any action to prevent any issue for my tree?

    Thank you
    Giuseppe

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    • bonsaidirect

      Dear Giuseppe,
      If you suspect that your bonsai has a pest I would recommend spraying with an insecticide and repeat the spray as directed on the product.
      Always better to treat before it becomes a problem,
      Kind regards
      Sarah

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  • Dee

    Hello, I was wondering if you could please help me. I have a mature sweet bird plum bonsai tree. The overall condition of my tree deteriorated due to illness and it's taken a long time to get back in to condition. The tree gets good natural light but the leaves are always very papery and dry and turn yellow quickly. The new shoots don't grow through red anymore . Watering is done via a tub underneath to avoid over watering. Any help would be grately appreciated, I'm desperate to save this tree thank you.

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  • Rowena

    Hi

    I was given a small Sageretia last week for my birthday but it does not look happy. A number of leaves are turning brown and I do not know what to do. I water it when the soil is dry, it is on our conservatory window sill and I put outside when the weather is nice. I am concerned that it is too big for its pot and am considering transferring it to a bigger pot. Can you help please, it would be such a shame if my first attempt to have a Bonsai fails?

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  • Shakhlo

    I received a bonsai tree as a gift 2 months ago and it started to slowly dry out. I've read that it might be getting used to new place, and was watering it every 24-36 hours. However the leaves are green but crisp now. It started growing new branch from the bottom, but it was overwatered accidentally one day and that branch just wilted. I tried cutting small dry branches, however they look light white, not green on the inside. Is there a hope to save my tree?

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    • bonsaidirect

      Dear Shakhlo,
      Please could you email me a photo - it is difficult to advise when i do not know the variety of bonsai and far easier to see the symptoms,
      It is not possible to over-water and cause a problem in one day. Many thanks Sarah
      [email protected]

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  • Hank

    Hi,
    I received my sweet plum bonsai 10 days and ago and I'm quite happy with it. It's growing new shoots as well. Going through the care instructions again today I was wondering about feeding. The instructions on the 100 ml bottle states that 5 ml is to be mixed with a liter of water and that the plant should be fed once a week as well. How exactly do I go about the feeding, do I just pour this 1 liter of mixed water all over the soil?
    Cheers

    Henry

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    • bonsaidirect

      Hi Hank,
      The video in this link explains exactly how to use thew bonsai fertiliser.
      I hope this helps
      kind regards
      Sarah

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