General Bonsai Care
Chinese Elms are a popular beginner’s bonsai tree; they are among the most widely sold specimens by bonsai nurseries and in garden centres selling bonsai.
The Chinese Elm, Ulmus parvifolia, is native to Eastern Asia. Although many varieties are cold-hardy, in Britain it is considered a tropical tree and commonly referred to as an indoor bonsai tree.
While the tree will tolerate indoor conditions, you should note that this is a tolerance and not ideal conditions for the tree. If the bonsai is to survive indoors, it is important to increase the humidity local to the tree by placing it on a gravel tray. The tree will need good light…
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Getting Ready to Re-pot by Paul Eslinger
This is an introduction to the issues and approaches that we use when re-potting our bonsai. This is also a guide to provide information and support as the bonsai artist develops their understanding of the trees in their collection.
We all have subtle variations in our own microclimate, watering habits, feeding regime, soil mix, etc., which affect the growth of our trees and their development needs.
Read up on when to re-pot a bonsai for best results, observing your tree and looking for the signals that it is time to re-pot, and more…here.