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    Chinese Elm - need help

    Well, it's been a while since my last post, and unfortunately, things are not going well... The Tea tree died. The elm grew well for a few weeks, then started losing leaves. I kept it outside, and never the soil get completely dried out, but careful not to overwater. I did move it to a...
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    internet sources

    I just saw this thread and thought I'd mention two websites I've done business with on several occasions and have been very pleased with both. joebonsai.com - I have gotten a good bit of their "rootopia" soil and have been very pleased with it thus far. www.bonsaitrees.com (Dasu Studios)...
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    Chinese Elm - need help

    Well, after taking advice from all of you (thank you), My Chinese Elm has been outdoors for just over a week, and even though we had two of the hardest thunderstorms in years, it's doing very well. It did drop some more leaves, but now has fresh green buds starting to pop all over the existing...
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    Chinese Elm - need help

    Thanks again for the advice all... The tree (chinese elm) has been outdoors about three days now, with shade and a couple of hours of evening sun. When it was in my office, soem of the leaves were turning yellow and falling. As I have read, this can be from several causes. More leaves have...
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    Chinese Elm - need help

    Awesome... This weekend it will get a new home outside with partial sun. I have a small backyard, and i'm out there everyday all year round, so it will be easy to check on them. I'll pay special attention until i get used to the new watering regimen. Thank you all... VERY much!
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    Chinese Elm - need help

    Gotcha... as much as I like the tree here with me, I guess I need to start transitioning it outdoors, and soon. I'm headed to Lowes at lunch to get some brackets to make a shelf on the inner side of my privacy fence... hopefully that will help. the wire mesh or "chicken wire" as I'm thinking...
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    Chinese Elm - need help

    Thanks for the advice, and wisdom. What you said about moving the tree makes a lot of sense. It's sad that i have to have someone tell me that in order for it to sink in. Go figure... It is currently inside at my desk, but i work in a large data center... so humidity and airflow are are...
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    Chinese Elm - need help

    Hi all... I have about a 3-4yr old Chinese Elm that i got from a good supplier, it's in good soil, and has been growing pretty well for the last 4 months or so, that i've had it. I pruned it and repotted it when i got it, as I don't think it had been done much before. I pruned it WAY back...
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    Sycamore?

    Thanks Rockm... that is just the kind of reply, I was hoping for, but not wanting to see. lol... Like I said, I love the Sycamore, so I'm a little bummed with the reply, but the honesty, and the "why not" explanations are just what I was hoping to find here. I will definately have to do some...
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    Sycamore?

    Hey all, I'm fairly new to bonsai... I've only had my first tree since about March of this year. I'm already addicted and my house and backyard is quickly turning into a home (and testing grounds) for several trees. I live in Southwestern Pennsylvania (south of Pittsburgh). I have a couple...
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    Bonsai common sense.... or maybe not...

    Okay, so I am very new to Bonsai.... only in it a few months now, but I have been trying to read up on different forums, sites, blogs, ebooks, you name it. I've also been fortunate enough to talk to several folks who have been doing this for a long time. I thought i'd start this thread for...
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    Tree branching question - Fukien Tea

    thanks for the advice guys, and that post does help. I was also able to track down the former president of a local bonsai club who was active for many years. He has been very helpful with some suggestions for my Fukien and Chinese Elm trees both.
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    Tree branching question - Fukien Tea

    I bought a Fukien Tea tree a few months back and it seems to be doing pretty well and flowering regularly, but from some pictures i have seen, they develop finer branch structures off of the main branches. I was wondering how long this may take, or if it is where the leaf buds are that will...
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    Potting

    Thanks all. Well, i had already ordered some soil from JoeBonsai (Complete soil mix (Rootopia)), and some additional horticultural vermiculite. I mixed half and half, cleaned the roots gently from all the compacted soil that they were in, trimmed a few of them back just a little and repotted...
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    Potting

    Thank you all very much for the feedback. I live in southern Pennsylvania. The trees are currently in a fairly slimy based mixture. I've read that reporting should only be done yearly or biannually I was thinking about trying to keep a little of the current soil and just adding some more...
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