watering

  1. M

    Sierra juniper yamadori questions: pumice size, hormone/fertilizer, etc

    I am collecting Sierra Juniper at 8k+ feet (and coming back to Oakland, Bay Area) and have some questions I've been unable to find specific answers for despite looking in Nick Lenz's book, forums on this site, youtube, etc. Lenz's book speaks on the differences between ground, field, and rocky...
  2. crea7or

    Blumat Tropf System, any good?

    Hello guys! I'm curious if any of you are using blumats for watering bonsai, if they are good or ( bad: for keeping the soil to moist, due to that clay carrot specifications. ) The Tropf bumat system can be purchased and viewed here...
  3. 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...
  4. C

    Japanese Maple - Droopy and orange leaf tips - help/ suggestions?

    I recently purchased this Japanese Maple. When I bought it, all of the leaves had dried out and were about to fall away. Over the next couple of days, they ultimately came off. I figured it was due to it being the beginning of Autumn. I fed the tree some Seasol and some liquid fertiliser over...
  5. J

    Watering after half bareroot??

    Apologize if this has been answered elsewhere... I've searched for some time and can't find! What is the technique when watering a tree in 1/2 field (or nursery) soil and 1/2 bonsai soil? Do you -water the field soil half at different intervals than the bonsai soil i.e. on an as needed basis...
  6. Apex37

    Question on Watering While Overwintering

    So question for those who have brought in your plants and are in a place where water cannot drain freely after watering (i.e. in a garage where water cannot just freely sit and pool on the ground after watering plants). What do you guys do for catching the water that drains after watering? I...
  7. K

    I need some advice for my Azaleea Satsuki

    Hello! I have this Azaleea Bonsai, whose leaves started to turn grey-brownish. I would like to know what could be the cause of this. I water it about every second day, and since 2 weeks i am using a liquid fertilizer. I attached the images to my post. Thank you in advance
  8. AnutterBonsai

    Vacationing

    Here's a question from a newbie; if I am leaving town for 2.5 days, would it be possible to leave bonsai next to sunny window (9hrs of direct light) indoors? My medium is not fully inorganic so I believe it not to dry out much, but my main worry is will this affect much on the photosynthesis...
  9. dirtysleazy

    Serissa browning crispy leaves

    My Serissa started turning its leaves brown, dry and crispy, and also started dropping leaves. I’ve read forums saying it’s either overwatered or underwatered. Which is of absolutely no help. I figured I would get a much better answer here. do I resume watering when the top dries? Do I let it...
  10. S

    Japanese Stewartia

    Hey Bonsai friends, I'm a bonsai owner and when I first got it as a gift it began to grow leaves really nicely. I have been watering it regularly to make sure the soil is moist and have kept it in the same place (quite a bright room with lots of natural light). However in the last two weeks the...
  11. C

    Ficus Microcarpa help

    I currently have two ficus microcarpa. The first is tiny and I've had it since the fall. It seems to love my apartment conditions so I made a much larger investment on a second one. The new one is about 25" tall out of the pot, so something fairly large that I desperately want to keep alive...
  12. A

    Japanese maple- overwatering/underwatering question

    Hello! New to bonsai, maples, trees, and plants in general here! I’ve already tried to drown my tree by not taking out the attached saucer dish (didnt know that was a thing!) initially so any advice is welcome! Tree facts: I’ve had this Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var. dissectum...
  13. Bonsai Buddy

    When to water a Cork Jade after a repot and defoliation.

    Hi all! I just repotted my cork bark jade for the first time today. I had grown it indoors for a good while but decided to transfer it outside about a week and a half ago. To my astonishment after two days the poor thing looked terrible and had dropped a bunch of petals. Some looked kinda...
  14. Japark

    Confusing Watering Instructions: Japanese Yew

    Hello, new to the forum with my first bonsai in 8 years, and my first conifer. Hope ya ll could help as I couldn’t find a related thread. Instructions: - The book I bought said to use a soft wood stick in the soil technique and water when the tip starts to feel dry. - Nursery said just water...
  15. K

    Bonsai substrate holding water on top

    Hello, I have just today repotted all my seedlings, to a more permanent location so they wont grow on top of each other in the pelets. I bought some bonsai substrate or whatever it really is (it’s says profi tho) and i can already tell some of the seedlings are too young to be replanted rn and...
  16. Ujjawal Roy

    To water or not to water....?

    Hi everyone on this site. Needed your help with watering my plants. My soil composition is crushed clay pots + perlite and some amount of organic additives. Watering a plants (pre bonsai) depends on numerous factors and I understand that very well but I want to know what is that one thing that...
  17. Ujjawal Roy

    Science behind root rot

    Hello everyone. I am unable to understand the science behind rotting roots, from what I understand it's usually that the roots die because of too much water (i. e. Lack of oxygen) and then fungal pathogens corrode away that root and it can spread into the healthier sections as well. I stay in a...
  18. BonsaiAngel

    Species and Troubleshooting x

    Hello everyone xxx Bonsai newbie and lover here! I'm here today to ask if anyone knows what species my bonsai is? (I lost its label) And also to ask for some advice. I've had her home for about a month now and I dont think shes liking her new environment very much. I see some new growth...
  19. JBP_85

    Watering Garage Stored Trees in Winter

    Hi Everyone, I have my trees (Trident Maples, Bald Cypress, Dawn Redwood, Eastern Red Cedar) in my unheated garage at the moment due to the snow and sleet we've been having here in Northern Va. Nighttime temps over the next few days will dip down into the low 20s. I moved the trees into a...
  20. Ujjawal Roy

    General Bonsai soil discussion

    Hello guys, just wanted to share a thought with you about bonsai soils. I'm a self taught "trying to be" a bonsai artist, so, please forgive my lack of knowledge. I consider Mr. Nigel Saunders from The Bonsai Zone youtube channel as my online guru and have learned a lot from watching his videos...
  21. JLee9706

    Over or under watering...?

    So I think one of the recent heat waves (113-117*) and smoke in the air (El Dorado Fire) had me over watering for a while. But now I can’t tell if I am i over watering or this is from previous under water from the sudden heat. This is happening to two of four of my junipers. One that is not...
  22. Clicio

    I don't think a drip line system works for bonsai.

    Watering bonsai is sometimes compared to quantum physics or an esoteric concept. When watered from above with a fine spray hose nozzle and plenty, and more than once per session till water pours from the bottom holes, this is a proved and true method to provide both water and oxygen to the...
  23. M

    Japanese White Pine

    Hello guys, I am relatively new to bonsai, I got a Chinese elm about a month ago and have managed to take care of it well. I went to a garden centre yesterday and saw this beautiful JWP that I got not realising how different it was to the elm. I have been researching all night and can not...
  24. StreamGrove

    Watering help in SoCal

    This will be my first time caring for plants during summer here in Los Angeles. We are already getting heat waves in spring hitting 90s. I have my plants in a full sun area under a shade canopy I made that has a white 50% uv cover, and a 80% on the back to blockout afternoon sun. I will be...
  25. Yugen

    Liquid fertilizer killing moss?

    I was wondering if anyone experienced moss dying from continual liquid fertilizer application? The fertilizer I use vacillates between fish fert and a 10-10-10 chemical 2-3 times a week at concentrations higher than stated on the packaging but way lower than I've seen seasoned enthusiasts...
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