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Bonsai Care
how to tell if a bonsai tree is dead

How to tell if a bonsai tree is dead.

If you need to know how to tell if a bonsai tree is dead, follow these instructions. Make a tiny nick just under the bark, almost peeling a bit of bark away. There should be a green layer right under the bark. If you reach a white layer, then you have gone too far. If there is a green layer, then the bonsai is still alive.

There is a green layer, what should I do now?

If there is a green layer, then there is still hope! The most important thing now is to get the care right. Surprisingly, around 90% of all issues with bonsai come from a watering issue. Check out the videos on the other care tabs for more on how to care for your bonsai.

There is no green layer, what should I do now?

Unfortunately if there is no green layer then the bonsai is dead. If this is the case, please try not to be too disheartened. When you fall off your bike, you just have to get back on and keep going; if your bonsai dies, then you just have to try again.

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Still need more help? If the tabs above don’t answer your question, we are here to help.

We regret that we are unable to refund or exchange any bonsai after 7 days of delivery. This is because they are live plants and we find that after this time they have been out of our care for too long. However, we are always here to help, so contact us and send a photo using the button below. Thank you for your understanding.

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Please Note: We do not work weekends or bank holidays
01363 877752 (Sales Only)

We regret we are unable to answer specific bonsai care and health questions over the phone, so kindly email a photo using the button above.
Bonsai Direct (Office Only)
Upcott Barns,
Morchard Bishop
EX17 6NG

Please note, if you have requested Monday delivery DPD may try to deliver over the weekend. This is to help prevent them falling behind, you can control this once you have received your 1-hour time slot.