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  1. J

    Advice for first time planting

    Hi, I‘ve bought and have a few other bonsais but recently purchased a few seeds and wanted to try my hand at growing new ones from seed. I’m just unsure if there’s a soil that would suit them best during this process and then when they’re big enough to be potted in with their suitable soil...
  2. S

    My Brazilian Raintree is super sad with some crispy leaves. What am I doing wrong?!

    Sorry in advance if I am posting this thread to the wrong place, this will be my first post here. I live in Orlando, FL and keep my trees on a West facing, enclosed patio, so they get about 5 hours of sunlight a day. I recently purchased my second BRT close to three weeks ago. I will try to...
  3. chanduell

    Help a beginner with a Cork Bark Elm (Indoor)!

    Hello everyone! I have recently become extremely interested in bonsai growing, especially because I was always a fan of trees, but not as much with other plants. That said, I want to begin my very first bonsai, but I have several questions I have not found the answers to yet! Again, I have never...
  4. A

    What are these gnats nesting in my BRT?

    I recently got a Brazilian rain tree this summer and have had it outside up until now. Both outside in the summer and now inside I have seen these small insects on the tree. They mostly seem to be near or on new growth. I'm guessing they're feasting on the sap the tree produces. As far as I can...
  5. hiddengreenhouse

    Need Help Saving My Chinese Elm

    Hello, I am new to bonsai and was gifted a Chinese Elm back in May. I am living in the DC area and do not have anywhere outdoors to keep it, so it has been fully inside for the last 5 or so months. For the first 4+ months I kept it in a window that got moderate sunlight with a growth light on...
  6. Noodles

    crab apple chop help. when?!

    So I've finally beaten my compulsive urge to buy nursery material with severely underdeveloped trunks and C grade branching that I end up lopping off anyway. *cue applause* Not that this little crab apple's trunk doesn't need developing, in fact that's precisely why I'm posting. I picked it up...
  7. jwell

    Austree Willow questions

    On my previous post about this tree, we tried to find out what species it actually is for watering purposes. We came to find that we think it’s a Salix mix(Austree), which would like a normal amount of water, and NOT geijera parviflora which would be more drought tolerant. It always is pretty...
  8. J

    HELP Ginkgo Biloba Yellowing early

    Hello bonsai friends I have a large Ginkgo Biloba tree that is turning its colors earlier than it should. It receives full sun and I reside in Southern California near the ocean. I fertilized lightly this season with liquid nutrition and I have an automatic watering system set up to water once...
  9. J

    Can anyone tell me what this is?

    Please help need answers I got a fukien tea bonsai from lowes. For almost 2 months it did nothing. It didn't lose anything, nor did it grow, then in the matter of 2 days it lost almost every single leaf except 5 on the 3rd morning I decided well i think it might be a goner, andi just felt like...
  10. L

    Help needed: my Fukien Tea Bonsai

    Hi everyone, I am in need of some advice about my fukien tea bonsai. I acquired it early April and it wasn't in the best shape leaving the nursery, but once it dropped all of its leaves due to the new adjustment, I was able to get it to grow back beautifully. However at some point the leaves...
  11. goth_gardener

    Cotoneaster bonsai help! Browning

    Hello! I have begun a cotoneaster bonsai and am struggling to figure what the plant needs. I thought I had been overwatering, cut back, then soil was regularly far too dry and figured the roots had to be developed first so didn’t let it go dry for too long.. then figured maybe not enough sun so...
  12. Jupiter

    Japanese Maple help!!

    Hey just looking for some insight on this JM. Not sure if root rot or possibly some issue that happened during winterizing. Any help is always greatly appreciated. Roots are dark but not mushy. New growth came in strong but is really wilted. Everything is just drooping downwards. No...
  13. bbelbuken

    Is my Carmona dying?

    Hello people, I am new to the bonsai forum and to the tradition itself. Recently I have 2 ficuses, a dwarf jade and a pachira aquatica. 2 months ago i have ordered a carmona bonsai from a online nursery to add it to my collection. However, as soon as i got the tree i have noticed some little...
  14. Smithlandia

    JM Rotted Trunk Hole Holding Water

    TL;DR - my tree rotted in the middle, so I carved out the spongy-rotted wood and that created a water-holding hole in the trunk. I'm not sure what to do to fix the water-holding hole or to help this tree heal-up. Pics inserted below. I have had this Japanese Maple (Osakazuki) since 2014 (I...
  15. jwell

    Weak willow help

    About 2 weeks ago I transplanted into soil 3 australian willows that rooted very well in a bucket of water. I wanted to transplant sooner but I was waiting on some supplies. The foliage appears to be struggling and I am brand new to bonsai/plants so I’m not sure of the signs it’s giving me...
  16. chuckwc1

    Emotional support - lost all the leaves on my Brazilian Raintree and Tropical Mimosa

    Had a weeklong vacation, and couldn't really get anyone to water my indoor trees. I thought & hoped they would be fine, and most of my other trees were. Unfortunately, the weather and sunlight really improved the week I was gone and I think my sunroom had a much higher light level and...
  17. S

    HELP - Coast Redwood Needles Curling

    Hello new member here looking for advice. I've had this Coast Redwood for about 1.5 years. I had it potted in potting soil w/ a little extra grit to help w/ drainage (though I don't think it helped much). It grew great for the last year or so and now that's it has woken up for spring it's newest...
  18. J

    Advice for maple, leaves shrivelling/curling during fall.

    I currently live in hong kong, the weather has been getting significantly cooler by the day and windy. I notice my maple has its leaves turned red recently but some of them after turning had either shrivelled or started to curl on the tips. I havent but the tree in harsh direct sunlight. I do...
  19. JaiDoubleU

    Someone Help My Bonsai!

    Hello, I have inherited a bonsai tree that I don’t think is doing well. It’s leaves look healthy, but it’s not very shapely. I'm hoping someone help me identify what it’s suffering from (if anything) and provide tips on how best to care for it. It appears to have been pruned rather harshly at...
  20. M

    Yellowing trunk on maple

    I repotted my maple around the start of spring and reduced roots (quite a bit, say to 50%), but not the foliage. I have recently noticed a yellowing of the trunk, and the leaves have distinctly darker green veins on a lot of the leaves. Is this Chlorosis? or simply stress on the roots? I also...
  21. DogDude

    New to Bonsai and Need advice

    Hello All, Well I guess I am having some kind of crisis. I decided to get into Bonsai's because of my experiences in South Korea when I was stationed there during my military service (Army). Today I picked up two Bonsai trees, one is a Juniper and the other I cannot remember the name to save my...
  22. D

    Help - Trident Maple Disease

    Hello all, I have a trident maple thats very dear to me that is sick and i cant solve it. I've tried a few things that have been sugested to me - I treated it with a spray for fungus as instructed on its lable and added a fortifying mixture that is sold here in Portugal. The tree has been in...
  23. Y

    First Bonsai.

    Hello all! Brand new to the forum and this is my first post. Also brand new to bonsai. Got my first juniper the other week at the mall. ( yes I know that’s a terrible place to get one). When I brought it home it was in a very tiny ceramic pot with very thick organic soil. The first thing I did...
  24. Bonsai_Rookie

    Considering to grow a Snow Rose mostly indoors (From seed)

    Hello everyone! I am new to bonsai business and I am currently considering to attempt to grow a Snow Rose Bonsai mostly indoors **FROM THE SEED**. Location challenges: Canada, Quebec, close to Ottawa. Temperature: Constant around 68 degrees fahrenheit and 77 degrees fahrenheit (except in...
  25. A

    Dug up boxwood - will this work?

    So I came across this woman offering her boxwood for free as long as they dug them out themselves. I've wanted to attempt a boxwood bonsai for a while but have zero experience. Before I waste my time, can anyone give me their opinion on the material I dug up? I had to cut off a lot of material...
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