beginner

  1. G

    Next spring; Repot & Hard Prune?

    Hello everyone! I'm brand new to the site and to the world of bonsai. Although I have been reading and trying to learn like a maniac! I received a chinese elm a few days ago and I've been focused on geting it acclimated and getting used to the watering routine. The tree came in a really heavy...
  2. T

    The $1.00 Treasure...

    While Houston was flooding today, we were touring garden centers. Unfortunately most nurseries were closed but the Lowe’s wasn’t. While I was walking around disappointed that I couldn’t find a small ficus to fiddle with, the hubs goes and finds this. I have no idea if it’s good or not, but it...
  3. sparklemotion

    How to ask a good question about a tree

    Welcome to the Nuthouse! We are excited that you've decided to jump into the hobby, and are looking forward to help you do what's best for your tree. You can save our time and yours by answering some of these questions up front. This isn't an official list or anything, but chances are if your...
  4. Andrew R.

    Is my tree dead?

    Hello everyone. I'm fairly new to bonsai and have some questions regarding my tree. I have a juniper, I believe. I was out of town last week and when I left for vacation my tree seemed perfectly healthy and green. I've had the tree for about four years and it's been pretty hardy and not too...
  5. Dane Kofoed

    Lavender Star dropped leaves

    This starter Lavender Star tree was purchased from a bonsai nursery in late October in Toronto Canada. Brought it home, watered moderately (weekly or slightly more), misted a little in between, placed near a window with NO direct sunlight. The leaves slowly dried up entirely. It has been placed...
  6. Mashu

    Weeping Barbados Cherry

    I recently bought this gorgeous weeping barbados cherry from a local nursery for an astounding 8 dollars. I was wondering, as this is considered a sub-tropical tree, is it capable of growing year-round or does it need something similar to a dormant/rest period? When I brought it home, it was...
  7. B

    First Bonsai - Black Pine

    Hello, Im 20 Years old and just got my first tree, I bought it from eBay as I liked the idea that I could manipulate the tree and learn the skill before starting from seed in the future. Everything is going good, Im happy with the shape and so far looks good, Ive had it for a month now and its...
  8. Joelshack2362

    Got from clearance section!!

    Hello I'm rather new to bonsai and have a general question. I got this tree from the clearance section and it had dropped most of its leaves. I have had it for about two weeks and it seems to be growing back rather quick. My question is with fall coming up should I just let it go it's natural...
  9. TyroTinker

    Direction for a tree in a pot?

    OK so I've had this tree for about 11-12 years and I know it's not a bonsai it's just a tree, because I've never done anything with it besides occasionally water it. It started itself from seed falling from a maple in the front yard to a flower pot in the back at my folks place. I've been...
  10. R

    First Willow, How to Pot and With What Soil?

    Hi everyone, this is the first time I've posted here. I recently bought a dwarf blue leaf arctic willow. I know willows require a lot of water compared to many plants. Can I take this need into consideration by using soil that has a very high water retention or is that not enough? I am waiting...
  11. E

    New Here, Questions about a Juniper

    I'm new to bonsai and new to this site. I've been purchasing nursery stock plants as pre-bonsai locally but have been having a hard time finding anything suitable or of significant enough size to do anything with. I'm being patient and trying to grow out some of these plants. Recently I found...
  12. Qomsday

    Curious about Bonsai, but unsure where to start.

    Hi all, I've been stalking around the forum for a little bit now, and I've become increasingly interested in the art of Bonsai! A little bit of info before I start asking questions, I live around Atlanta, Georgia, a bit north. Right now I'm in Kennesaw (7b), but I could be moving somewhere else...
  13. Elisa

    Starting from scratch

    Hi all, I've been wanting to start growing bonsai forever, and I think I'll finally be ready to do so this fall. I've done a fair bit of reading, and I'm receiving a lot of contrasting opinions - so thought I would try and collect some ideas. I'm based in the UK, so would preferably start on...
  14. CR18

    Beginner with an Azalea, Juniper, and Hydrangea!

    Hello all! I'm here in a desperate cry for help! I've had 5 bonsai over two years and have killed 2 already (they were Serissas from Bonsai Boy). Now, I'm afraid my Satsuki Azalea is next!! If anyone could lend me some aid, I can answer any question about how I currently treat all of my trees...
  15. F

    Help Starting Out With an American Larch

    Hi everyone... I'll start out by saying I'm very new to bonsai and this forum. I live in Atlantic Canada, and just this afternoon I dug up this Larch. It is about 35cm tall and I would like to stop it from getting any taller, and ideally shorten it a little bit. Any tips are very welcome...
  16. K

    Snow Rose Beginner Help

    Hello everyone! In November I was given this Snow Rose. I live in Tampa, Florida so obviously it's incredibly hot all the time. It sits on a table inside a covered patio, no direct sunlight but the patio is south facing. It was doing really well up until about a month ago, it even grew very...
  17. B

    Need help diagnosing

    hi, I am new to bonsai and I have some questions. My tree (series's) was purchased one month ago. After 2 weeks, leaves fell off. Now, remaining leaves/new growth are browning from the tips in. Am I over/under watering? Or is it more likely the nursery potted it in standard gardening soil?
  18. Tmcd009

    Urban/Budget Bonsai Thread?

    Hi all, I was just thinking...maybe it would be a good idea to start a thread for people with limited space and/or budget! Post how-tos for DIY small benches and pots, plus other good sources for getting started with a limited space, as well as limited bonsai related resources nearby. I have a...
  19. M

    Gardenia rapidly dying please assist

    I received this plant a few weeks ago. I've been watering it every 2-3 days as recommended. It sits on my desk in a room with big windows-- but no direct sunlight. It's losing its leaves quickly--they're yellowing and growing spots. I have no idea why, but one theory is that even at night here...
  20. Angela

    Acacia Advice, Please?

    Hi there! So I'm not sure if there's a forum for this, so sorry if I'm messing this up ... This is my first ever bonsai. My parents got it for me. It's an Acacia, though I'm not sure what type -- it has thorns and the bark of the trunk has an almost feathery texture - it's soft and if you...
  21. G

    Amur Maple seedlings! Bonsai noobie

    Hello everyone! I'm super happy I found this forum. Any advice is greatly needed. So I got some maple seeds online and I left them in the fridge for two months, starting in July. I took them out on the 12th of September and two of the three seeds I put in there have sprouted! I'm keeping them...
  22. M

    Muck/Keto

    hello im new to this page i found it by looking up how to make muck. i tried on with terracotta clay sphagnum moss and peat and just as a test i put a small desert fig into a muck ball and left it out. even watering everyday the ball has gone rock hard and i dont see the plant living. do i have...
  23. Mr. Green

    Indoor Bonsai for Beginners

    Hi guys, Since I am completely new to this forum, I will give a quick intro: I am 23, German/French/Italian, studying in the Netherlands. I have always had a love for growing things, especially in early high school. After a few months of not being active on that side, my passion for plants has...
  24. Jonny Robertz

    Help! I'm new to bonsai and Worried!

    Hello everyone, I am really new to bonsai and I'm having some trouble with my medium sized Chinese Elm. My wife ordered it for me online from a reputable shop and the tree showed up in amazing condition. It was full, green and beautiful! I have had the tree for about 5 weeks now and within the...
  25. M

    Brush Cherry shriveling

    I bought this tree from a local nursery about a month ago. It looked really healthy when I bought it, but now all the leaves are very dry and shriveling. I have been watering almost every day when i notice the soil getting dry(not completley dry). I repotted it about 3 days after I bought it...