Bonsai Help

Are bonsai difficult to care for?

No, Bonsai are not difficult to care for. They must be checked daily so that they do not dry out and provided that they are kept in the correct position they should thrive. Full care instructions are provided with every bonsai and can be found on our bonsai care page of this website.

Why are bonsai so expensive?

Bonsai are not expensive if you consider the amount of time required to grow them. It takes years of styling to produce even the smallest and simplest of bonsai. The price of the bonsai simply reflects the skill involved and the amount of work and time to produce it.

How often should I water my bonsai?

Bonsai should be checked daily for water. If the soil is damp to the touch leave it and check it a few hours later. When the soil feels barely damp then water thoroughly, from above, until water runs through the drainage holes.

Do bonsai live indoors?

Certain varieties of bonsai such as the Chinese Elm and Serissa make fantastic indoor bonsai. Most other bonsai should be kept outdoors, unless otherwise stated.

Is a bonsai a special type of tree?

No, a bonsai is simply a small tree in an ornamental pot. They are grown from normal tree seeds or cuttings and skillfully styled to represent their full grown counterparts.

Should I place pebbles/gravel over the soil surface? Ornamental gravel is aesthetically pleasing but hinders watering. It is very difficult to establish if your bonsai requires watering if you cannot feel the soil surface. It is therefore better not to cover the surface of the soil.
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Are you having problems with your bonsai?

If you think your bonsai is sick, compare its symptoms with the following list of more common problems.
1. Leaves are turning pale yellow and dropping off.
2. Leaves are mottled with yellow, brown and black spots.
3. Leaves are green, but crispy.
4. Leaves are pale green to yellow and new shoots are long and spindly.
5. Leaves are going black or brown, starting at the tips and slowly working down the leaf.
1. Yellowing leaves do not always mean that you have a problem. A number of trees, some evergreens included, have leaves which turn yellow at a certain time of the year. Autumn is, of course, when leaves on deciduous trees change colour and fall. Evergreens such as Chinese Elms and Serissas can change colour during and after the winter period. So how do you know if something is wrong?

Is your bonsai deciduous and if so, what time of year is it?

If it is not autumn or your bonsai is evergreen, which of the leaves are changing colour? Old leaves on the inside of the tree, new leaves throughout or both? It is quite common for trees, especially evergreens, to shed old leaves that are tired and replace them with new ones. If, however, all the leaves are turning including the new shoots, then there is a problem. It is very difficult to give an accurate diagnosis as many things can cause this symptom. It is usually due to poor roots so if you are unsure seek expert help.

2. Mottling of the leaves normally means that you have a pest on your bonsai. Spray with a non-systemic insecticide that kills a broad spectrum of pests , especially Red Spider Mite.
Make sure you spray under the foliage and around the trunk. Spray again after ten days and then repeat after a further ten days. Always follow the instructions.

3. If the leaves remain green but are dry and crispy, then your bonsai has dried out at some stage. This often results in the death of bonsai. To ascertain whether your tree is still alive, make a small cut at the base of the trunk in a couple of places. If there is green just under the bark then it is still alive, if it is brown, then sadly it is dead. If there are still signs of life, then keep it cool and moist until new shoots appear. Be patient as this may take a long time.

4. Long spindly shoots with pale leaves usually mean that the bonsai is growing in a position where there is not enough light. Move it in to a brighter position avoiding direct sunlight all day. Prune back spindly shoots to the first pair of leaves on that shoot.

5. Black or brown tips on the leaves are an indication of frost/cold damage or over-watering. If your bonsai has not been hit by the frost, then check our watering procedure.

69 thoughts on “Bonsai Help”

  • Gary Madgwick

    I want to keep a bonsai indoors, what is the best and basic to keep and care for, and how much should i pay?

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    • Bonsai Direct

      I would recommend either a Fig or a Chinese Elm. Both are easy to care for. The fig has lovely glossy leaves and is the best indoor bonsai if you have very poor light levels. My personal favourite indoor bonsai is the Chinese Elm. It has wonderful character and perfectly proportioned leaves. You can search for these on our website by searching for either 'fig' or 'elm' in the product search and this will bring up all the sizes we stock.
      I would recommend not buying something too small to start with. The smaller the bonsai the smaller the pot - the quicker it will dry out.
      The larger the bonsai the easier to care for.
      All our bonsai are delivered with basic care information. I hope this helps!

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  • Anastasia Theodosiou
    Anastasia Theodosiou 29th March 2011 at 3:32 pm

    There seems to be grey/black/green mould growing on the surface of my indoor bonsai's soil, and some white/grey mould at the base of the trunk. What should I do?

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Anastasia,
      The most likely cause of the mould is slight over-watering. Please just scrape the surface of the soil off and replace with some fresh soil.
      The white on the trunk is usually salts - caused by water evaporation and will normally brush off with a tooth brush.
      You are most welcome to send us a photograph to [email protected] so that we can clarify this.
      I hope this helps
      Kind regards
      Sarah

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      • Martin Weir

        I also found your information helpful as I purchased a Japanese Elm which I found to have some white fungus on the top soil, fingers crossed it stays healthy.Can I ask, I also have a Fukien Tea tree, the flowers bloom but quickly turn brown...any suggestions, any information would be greatly appreciated. Martin

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        • Bonsai Direct

          Hi Martin,
          The flowers on a Tea Tree do not last long. Once they are turning brown please remove them and hopefully this will encourage new buds.
          Kind regards
          Sarah

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          • Martin Weir

            Hi Sarah,

            Just 1 last question, I have a Ligustrum(9 years old) and it's not taking water very well, due to the time of year can I re-pot it with fresh soil without stressing it out to much
            Many thanks
            Martin

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        • Bonsai Direct

          Hi Martin,
          Ligustrum have very vigorous roots and like to be re-potted or lightly root pruned yearly. Now is a great time to do this; indoor bonsai are best re-potted during the warmer months. I hope this helps, Please do not remove too much of the root ball!
          kind regards
          Sarah

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  • Chris Tattersfield
    Chris Tattersfield 4th April 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Hi, I purchased a pink blush bonsai from you , think it was a couple of years ago, its not very well.
    Think it was placed too high up at christmas and might have got too hot or dry.
    The leaves are dry ,some have fallen off, some are still there.I amwatering it and misting the leaves, is there anything else I can do or do you think I have lost it.
    Thanks
    Chris Tattersfield

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Chris,
      Thank you for your e-mail.
      A bonsai will lose all its leaves to protect itself if it gets too hot or dry.
      I would expect your bonsai to get worse before it gets better.
      It is very normal for all the leaves to go dry and crispy and drop off.
      The fact that some of the leaves are still attached is a good sign.
      What you are doing is perfect; keep the soil just damp and give the bonsai good daylight (but not direct sunlight). Misting the foliage should speed up recovery.
      You will find that your bonsai does not require as much water because it is not in full leaf.
      Please do not feed your bonsai until recovered.
      During summer you may find a few months in your garden strengthens your bonsai, please protect from frost, strong winds and place in a sheltered, semi shaded position to allow it the greatest chance of recovery.
      I am sorry I cannot offer more advice.
      I think you are doing the right things; it is just a matter of time.
      Kind regards
      Sarah
      Bonsai Direct

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  • Jacques Weerheim

    Hi, I purchased a Chinese May White bonsai. It is 3 years old and some of the leaves turned yellow and the longer branches turned black and became soft. The soil is quite damp and has pebbles on it still makes the little white flowers and gets his morning sun from 8am to 10am . I put it outside for the sun and bring it Indoor after 10 am? its summer here so what can i do??

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Jacques,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      This is not a bonsai that I am familiar with. Please could you send us a photo - I am concerned by the black branches. Could it have been over-watered?
      Please be careful adding pebbles to the soil surface; it makes it very difficult to tell when to water the soil.
      Kind regards
      Sarah

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  • Lucia C.

    Hello, I recently bought a Serissa Mt. Fuji and it had been doing great up until about 1-2 weeks, it has been slowly loosing leaves and now the leaves that are growing green, even the baby ones, are turning black.
    I'm not sure what I am doing wrong, I slowed down on the watering, no fertilizer but no improvement. Should I repot my bonsai? It is 6 in tall, and the current pot is in is 2 in.
    Please help me, thank you.

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    • Bonsai Direct

      This definitely sounds like over-watering.
      The the tips of the leaves go black first?
      Serissa like to be barely damp.
      All you can do is reduce the watering and hopefully new buds will shoot in 4-6 weeks.
      I hope this helps

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  • Hamzah Saleem

    Hello,

    I recently purchased a chinese elm and I noticed the leaves started browning and falling off after about a week, but I hadn't actually watered it. I have done since, and I'm finding it's growing light green/yellow shoots and leaves. The new shoots don't seem droopy and are flourishing all over...any ideas what may be going on?

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    • Bonsai Direct

      This is probably just re-acclimatising to its new location.
      please could you e-mail us a photo so we can just check - please keep the soil damp (not too wet).
      Re-acclimatisation is always followed by a period of growth - it should be covered in new leaves soon,
      kind regards
      Sarah
      [email protected]

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  • Lauren Saxton

    Our bonsai tree has suffered frost damage and its leaves have gone black but are still soft. How do we save it?

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Lauren,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      Please could you let us know what variety of bonsai you have. If possible please send a photo to [email protected] so I can advise you further,
      many thanks
      Sarah

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  • Rich

    Some leaves on my bonsai are turning darker green, it's a pepper tree bonsai, what do I do?!

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Hi Rich,
      Older leaves on a pepper tree usually turn darker - is this what you are referring to?
      The younger leaves are always lighter in colour.
      Dark green leaves do not indicate that something is wrong,
      I hope this helps
      kind regards
      Sarah
      Bonsai Direct

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  • Allan King

    My bonsai tree is still alive, but I think I have overwatered, the small leaves at the tips are turning black and dying and some of the other leaves are changing colour , drying and falling off, I have washed roots and re potted, cut the amount of water down
    any help would be appreciated

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    • Bonsai Direct
      Bonsai Direct 8th June 2015 at 8:07 am

      Dear Allan,
      When you over-water a bonsai the roots start to rot and this compromises the translocation of water around the bonsai. This is why the leaves die.
      I hope that washing the roots will not have made things worse by weakening them further.
      Please give your bonsai a bright position but out of direct sunlight and keep the soil just damp (not wet).
      If you have a mister, then please mist any foliage and branches daily to help maintain the humidity.
      I am not sure what variety of bonsai you have but they can take weeks/months to see new shoots but this is a good time of year so hopefully it will recover more quickly,
      I hope his helps
      kind regards
      Sarah
      Bonsai Direct

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  • Ginny

    My bonsai azalea bush has yellow and green leaves w/black spots. I have been watering it from above every day since I got it, which was in May. The soil seemed to be dry so I put it in a bucket of water and it soaked up quite a lot. Now I'm not sure if I should continue watering every day or let it go for a few days and then soak it in the pail of water. How do I tell if the leaves w/spots are from over or under watering? Thank you

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Black spots on an azalea can be caused by the wrong soil or fertilizer. They need an ericacous soil. They do not like to be over watered so please only water when the soil is barely damp to the touch. I hope this helps
      Kind regards
      Sarah

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      • Ginny

        Thank you for responding. I stopped watering every day and took it out of the morning sun, since we were having some very hot days. That seemed to help. It's very hard to tell if the soil is that saturated, since it is so tightly packed. It's quite possible that it might have a bun on some of the leaves. I'll pick up something for this just in case. Thanks again
        Ginny

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        • Bonsai Direct

          Hi Ginny,
          It would not hurt to spray with an insecticide as a preventative measure. Then you can be sure there are no bugs!
          best wishes
          Sarah

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  • Steven

    Hi, I have a Chinese Elm, that I got a few months ago. It has been sitting on the windowsil in my bedroom as it can't go outside. Watering is usually 1 to 2 times a week, with 3 mil of Bonsai food / Fertilizer. The bottle states 5 mil per liter, but my Bonsai only ever needs 1/4 liter of water per watering. So per week this is 1/2 liter of water plus 3 mil of fertilizer. My question is: the leaves are turning brown and some are curling up. But the tree is still making new buds everywhere. However many of these buds once they have opened up, are turning brown slowly. The tree has green leaves and yellow leaves. I usually open the blind to let the tree have light for six hours a day, whether sunny or raining. Any advice? Thanks!

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Hi Steven,
      Thanks for your enquiry. During warmer weather watering once or twice a week is not enough. Basically it sounds as though your bonsai is getting too dry. You need to check the soil daily and as soon as it is barely damp to the touch water well once a week use the water with the bonsai feed in it and the rest can be stored for the following week - at other times just use plain water).
      The brown crispy leaves will drop off and hopefully be replaced with news buds over the next 6 weeks,
      i hope this helps
      kind regards
      Sarah - Bonsai Direct

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      • Steven

        Hi, thanks for replying. Every time I water I usually fertilize too, because the Bonsai only needs 1/4 liter before it's pouring out of the pot, at the bottom. The bottle states 5ml of feed per liter of water, so basically the tree would never be getting fertilizer, if I only gave it once a week.

        1.25 ml per 1/4 a liter of water, if you see what I mean. So if I water twice a week, I'm giving it 2.5 ml (per week) with 1/2 liter of water. This is already 2.5 ml below the recommendation of 5ml a week. But the Bonsai doesn't need a liter of water per week.

        Any advice please.. :)

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        • Sarah

          Dear Steven,
          I think you have mis-understood the directions slightly. The dilution rate for the bonsai feed is 5ml in 1L of clean water. You use this to water your bonsai once a week but you will not need all of it. The rest of it you keep in an old, well labelled bottle, for future weeks. Please see our video on feeding:
          http://www.bonsaidirect.co.uk/p/how-do-i-feed-my-bonsai-tree-
          I hope this helps

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  • Steven

    OK, thanks. I appear to have Springtails in the soil, one was crawling about on the pot. Any advice to get rid of them? Thanks.

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Springtails usually do no harm at all and will usually disappear on there own. However, if they get really bad just soaked the whole put, so that it is covered by water, for a couple of hours and then leave to drain. I hope this helps,
      kind regards
      Lloyd

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  • Steven

    Hi, I submerge the pot in water for 5 minutes and it was soaking wet. Isn't two hours soaking too much?

    Please advise. Also I usually spray the trunk both sides and the leaves with water until they are quite wet. I do this once or twice a week. Is this correct?

    Thanks for all your help.

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Hi Steven,
      As a 'one-off' 2 hours in water is absolutely fine. Then just go back to checking the soil daily and only water when barely damp to the touch. Spraying the leaves with water twice a week, in addition to keeping the soil damp, is perfect.

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  • William

    Hey I potted my boxwood in its first bonsai pot a few days ago. Now some of the leaves are curling up and getting fleshy to feel. Did I do something wrong.

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Hi William,
      Did you put the bonsai in a larger pot or root prune it and put it back in the same pot?
      After re-potting did you stand it in water to re-wet the new and old soil evenly?
      thanks
      Sarah

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      • William

        It was in the 1 galon pot I bought it in I pruned it down to a 6 inch bonsai pot. The roots were very fin and stringy. The soil was mostly bark and heavy sand. Soil pretty much completely fell out of the roots. After repotting I top watered it three times over half an hour using about 1.5leaters of water

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        • William

          If I wanted to try new soil with more grit less organic. would it be safe to do so or would that stress the tree out to much. Doing it so soon?

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          • Sarah

            I regret without seeing it, I feel I cannot advise you. Having re-potted it, you may cause more stress. Do you have a local bonsai centre you could visit?

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          • William

            Unfortunately I don't nearest one might be five hours drive. I think between the soil being to moist and the roots coming out almost clean.thats where the problem is. I'll keep trying with how it is. It's still alive till it's dead right. Thanks for trying. I'm gonna keep you're site bookmarked incase I need you're help again thanks:-)

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  • Kelly

    Hi, I have a Chinese Elm. I've been watering it once a day but only as needed, I test the soil with a foodpick. Fertiliser once a week. I pruned it just over a week ago and a few leaves browned and died which I expected. Today I noticed several leaves dying still. Browning at the edges and decomposing, is this something to worry about? Thank you

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    • Bonsai Direct

      If the leaves are going soft and brown at the tips this can be a sign of over-watering.
      Is the bonsai wobbly in the pot or firm and strong?
      thanks
      Sarah

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  • Kaleigh

    I think my Bonsai is dying!! I've only had it a couple weeks it was given to me as a gift but the leaves are falling off!! The leaves are green when they fall off to part of the trunk (it splits in two) is soft on one side?PLEASE help!

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Kaleigh,
      This could be simply re-acclimatising to its new location. Do you know what sort of bonsai it is?
      If the new growing tips are not dropping this is the most likely cause.
      If you are worried please e-mail us a photo.
      Many thanks
      Sarah
      [email protected]

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  • Erica

    Hello,

    I have a ficus (fig) bonsai which is kept indoors and in the sun for parts of the day but doesn't get much fresh air. It is potted in a jar - this is how it was purchased and given to me. It therefore does not have any drainage and I don't know how often i should be watering it. I am worried about rotting the roots.

    I started watering it a couple of times per week but the leaves are now looking very dull and covered in small yellow patchy parts and pale spots. There are some new leaves but they seem to fall off quite easily and are yellowing.

    Could you provide me with any tips?

    Thanks :)

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Erica,
      This sounds very unusual and it does concern me. The environment that the tree is living in is not great and will encourage fungal problems.
      I think you would be best to gradually reduce the humidity by slowly lifting the jar and letting in fresh air over the course of 2-3 days (a little at a time) and then re-potting the bonsai into a normal bonsai pot with good drainage holes.
      Without seeing the bonsai it is difficult to advise further,
      kind regards
      Sarah

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  • Emma

    Hi, i need some help. I have a bonsai tree at work that we usually keep in air conditioning indoors, one day it was put outside and probably left for about 2 days. It was very dehydrated. I took care as to not over water it so I started using a humidity tray and filling it everyday, keeping the soil damp, trimming it slightly. After about a month now the leaves are still crispy green, I fear it may be dead but it is still taking the water that I give it? Is there anything else I can do? Should I be misting the leaves? Also there seems to be a brown moss around the bottom of the tree.

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Hi Emma,
      You need to ascertain if the bonsai is alive; I suspect that it is.
      Make a few tiny nicks in the trunk and branches.
      The layer just beneath the bark should be green.
      Assuming that it is, it may be a good idea to e-mail us a photo so we can advise you further,
      kind regards
      Sarah
      [email protected]

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  • Yvonne Withey

    Hi, I have a Chinese elm which I think was under watered by its previous owner. She'd not long had it and the leaves went brown and crispy. I've repotted it in bonsai soil and watered it and sprayed the trunk and branches. However it's not grown any new green leaves but it's sending up shoots from the ground with leaves on. Do you think that this mean that the old tree is dead?
    Any help much appreciated. Thanks.

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Hi Yvonne,
      Thank you for your enquiry. If the leaves went brown and crispy it is more like that it dried out. How much of the bonsai dried out is difficult to say.
      You can ascertain how much of the tree is alive by making some very small nicks in the trunk and branches with a sharp knife.
      The layer beneath the ark should be green (any brown areas are sections where the bonsai branch has dies off).
      The roots of the bonsai are definitely alive, hence why it is sending up new shoots from the base.
      If you find that most of the structure of the bonsai has dried out and dies then you can do a wrap around.
      This is where you allow the new shoots to grow really long from the base and wrap them around the skeleton of the tree. After a few months this works really very well.
      I'm not sure how long you have give then branches to recover so it may just need more time,
      I hope this helps
      kind regards
      Sarah - Bonsai Direct

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  • Georgina

    Where can I get some non-systemic insecticide as all I can find is systemic spray?

    Georgina x

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    • Bonsai Direct
      Bonsai Direct 13th May 2016 at 7:22 am

      Hi Georgina,
      Most garden centres will sell a non-systemic insecticide.
      We use a plant invigorator but you do have to use it at least once a week. It is organic so not nasty to use.
      https://www.bonsaidirect.co.uk/item/4582/sb-plant-invigorator---500ml-ready-to-use-trigger-spray
      I hope this helps
      kind regards
      Sarah

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  • Judy

    Hi, I wonder if you can help? I have an azalea/rhododendron bonsai that was bought for me as a gift. For the first few weeks, it was fine, then I repotted it, taking care to follow instructions (I also did some light root pruning, making sure to leave lots of healthy roots).

    I have been watering it almost every day, but on a couple of occasions the new soil (bonsai compost) has dried out.

    It sits on the kitchen windowsill and gets good light for most of the day, though not direct sunlight.

    It was flowering when I first received it, and I expected the flowers to drop off at some point, but now the leaves are drooping and crispy, though still green. Have I been under-watering it? I checked the bark underneath the top layer and it's still light green.

    When I repotted it, I didn't soak it in a pail of water but made sure to water it from above. I've just watered it again and now the soil is moist so I'm leaving it for a while.

    Can you advise please?

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Judy,
      It does sound like your bonsai has dried out. This will cause the crispy leaves.
      It maybe the soil that you re-potted your azalea does not hold water particularly well or it may simply have got too hot.
      We always recommend that azalea bonsai live outside. they do not do well indoors.
      I think you should stand your bonsai in water for 10 mins so that the water covers the entire pot and then go back to checking daily.
      As soon as the soil is barely damp please give it a drink,
      I hope this helps
      kind regards
      Sarah - Bonsai Direct

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  • Georgina Keetley
    Georgina Keetley 4th June 2016 at 9:32 am

    Hi, my bonsai (leafy) appears to have black spots around the top of the trunk where it had been cut by the previous owner I think.
    Is there anything I can do?
    Thank you

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Georgina,
      I am struggling to visualise what this may be.
      Does if brush of with an old toothbrush?
      Kind regards
      Sarah - Bonsai Direct

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  • bryony

    Hi,

    I have a thick root bonsai. Generally healthy bonsai. leaves good colour new leaves coming through. however, the trunk from the soil up appears darker in colour than the top half of the trunk, almost looks wet as if dunked in water.

    Not sure if I should be worried or not.

    many thanks.

    b

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Hi Bryony,
      It is possible that it is just watering from the soil making it look darker?
      kind regards
      Sarah

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    • Poppop

      I was worried for the same reason too but realised as I let the soil dry a bit more the trunk no longer looked so dark, so I think it is the water. My tree is also healthy.

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  • Isabella

    hi! I'm a new owner of the Mimosa Bonsai tree. I have placed it indoors in a sunny window in my living room, since I'm not in an area with an outside porch. I water the tree every two days. I have noticed the leaves growing back rapidly however some are yellowish/green and some are dark green and curling on the edges. is there anything more/less I should be doing?

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Isabella,
      I am not sure where you live but if in the UK I would suspect this is the signs of autumn.
      Please keep in a cool room, they are not keen on being indoors,
      Kind regards
      Bonsai Direct team

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  • Dave

    Hi I have a ginseng ficus i recently fed with green dream feed the dry type and although the tree looks healthy there's a white mildew on the surface of soil is this normal I fed it a couple of weeks ago

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    • Bonsai Direct

      Dear Dave,
      I suspect the white residue is either associated with slight over-watering or is just salts from the water/feed.
      Either way it should brush off with an old toothbrush.
      I have no experience of the bonsai feed you mention so I regret I cannot comment about that.
      I hope this helps
      kind regards Sarah - Bonsai Direct

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      • Dave

        Hi sarah
        Thanks for reply I don't water to
        Frequently the soil stays damp to
        The touch for at least a couple of
        Weeks or so I tried to send pics but
        It didn't recognise your email
        Address bonsaidirect.co.uk is this
        The correct address thanks Dave

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  • Georgina Keetley
    Georgina Keetley 15th June 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Hi,
    I have a ligustrum about 9 1/2 years old (I've had him for 1 1/2). I've noticed on the under side of the leaves there are clear, almost like water droplets. I'm thinking that it's sap or soemthing but I'm not sure of they are eggs or anything.
    If you could give me advice that would be great.
    Thanks,
    Georgina

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  • Sunny

    We bought a Chinese Sweet Plum Bonsai a month ago from Bonsai direct, it’s leaves are getting a white flakes. Not sure whether it’s a diseases or a natural phenomena. Can you please help in this regard.

    Thanks
    Sunny

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    • bonsaidirect

      Dear Sunny,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      I suspect this is a residue from the water, are you in a hard water area?
      kind regards
      Sarah

      Reply
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