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Miniature version of a tree curated in a small container by trimming its roots and branches. Each Specimen of bonsai trees needs different requirements such as soil type, amount of sun, watering schedule, NPK fertalizer levels and much more.

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Growing temperate plants indoors

I have grown several (small) trees, native to western Europe, from seed. (Oak, Pine, Chestnut, Walnut, Plum, Maple, Beech, etc) And I have had the fortune of having some space in the garden where I ...
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What species of bonsai is this?

I was given a bonsai as a gift. I’m trying to identify the species so I can give it the right care
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Disagreeing info on growing black pine from seed

I recently came to possess a bonsai starter kit, and among the contents were some black pine seeds. The booklet included with the kit instructs me to prepare these seeds by soaking them in water for 3-...
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Ficus bonsai dropping leaves and white powder

So I bought a ficus microcarpa bonsai from the store 2 month ago and I noticed a problem since then, some leaves turn partially brown and fall while it's still wet not dry, some new growth also falls ...
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Browning leaves and shiny substance on Ficus Bonsai

I got this ficus bonsai about a month ago from Walmart. When I first took it out of the decorative pot I noticed about 5 little orange worms at the bottom and I immediately let it sit outside for a ...
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shaping a bonsai from a semi dead olive tree

I bought one of those pre-bonsai things. It lost all leaves and "died" but it came back to life this spring. It sprouted two single branches and I have no clue how to shape it in anything ...
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Willow Problems

I started a Green Willow from a cutting 2 mo. ago. Doing fine until 2 days ago. Getting round holes and chew marks on the leaves. Sprayed for bugs and cut the affected leaves off. It doesn't seem ...
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Bonsai ficus Ginseng leaves yellowing and falling off

Suddenly my ficus started yellowing some leaves and every day around 5-10 leaves fall off. What could the diagnosis be?
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How can I save my tangerine tree after repotting and leaves curling?

I have a 10 year old tangerine tree. It put on a ton of new leafy growth this summer when I had it outside, but I pruned a lot of the branches to make it look more uniform. It was in a pretty big pot ...
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spiral tree trunk growth

I’d like to create a helical twist in the trunk of a young tree. I’m talking about a spiral grain, not just bending it into a coil, etc. Here’s an example: I’ve read that it’s still not well ...
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Saving an Underwatered Bonsai

I skipped a day of watering some time last week and my new powder puff bonsai (Calliandra tweedii i think, but another site says Calliandra Schultzei) has dropped all of its leaves and on the surface, ...
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Making a Bonsai with braided stems - A good idea?

Back in 1986, I remember I bought a Ficus Benjamina tree that was actually four in one... I mean the stem of the "tree" was actually made-up of four individual stems braided together. The ...
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bonsai tree identification

Please can someone help me identify this bonsai! It looks like rosemary or buddhists pine but its neither of those.
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Planting Bonsai tree | Unsuccessful

I bought bonsai tree seeds from Aliexpress. I have planted the seeds in regular soil and kept watering it for about 3 months now. Somehow none of the seed bear any tree. I heard that bonsai trees can ...
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Oak sapling in pot is not branching

I moved a small oak sapling to an indoor pot last year and intend to keep it as a bonsai project, the tree seems generally healthy and had one growth this season allready (it didnt lose all its leaves ...
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Valuing a Bonsai

I’ve recently gotten a few bonsais I’d like to now sell. How do I got about valuing them to know what to ask for? Here’s what they look like: I know the one on the left is ~2.5 years old, and the one ...
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Questions about white pine bonsai

I have planted this bonsai one year ago, I bought the seeds from wish and they were labeled as white japanese pine. and I have a few questions When I take a look at youtube videos about this plant, ...
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Can I replant a Bonsai into a bigger pot during growth?

I've been gifted a Bonsai (jap. Hornbeam) which is already in growth (leaves have fully emerged). However the root bulb is already pretty dense and I'd like to put the bonsai into a bigger pot to ...
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Ficus bonsai has leaves that turn copper, why?

I have a bonsai ficus ("ficus elastica bonsai" I think). For the last 2 weeks, some of the leaves are getting a little black/red (copper color). I took a picture. It seems, but I'm not sure, ...
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help! I pulled a bonsai seedling gently and it broke off, can it survive?

So I saw a bonsai seedling and I touched it gently, it broke off. I don’t know what to do
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Chinese Elm bonsai growing and losing its leaves every 3 to 4 weeks

This is my first bonsai. It's a Chinese Elm that I've had for a little under a year. I live in London, UK. It is situated in a bedroom with a roof window and a dedicated LED desk light that is on all ...
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Acacia bonsai mealy bug clean up

I have a young Acacia bonsai which has been invaded by mealy bugs (I believe?), primarily on the branches circled in red. They are brown, stick themselves to the plant, and can be seen walking up and ...
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Is this a japanese cedar?

I've been growing this tree (as a bonsai) for quite a while and for a long time I thought it was a Japanese Cedar. But now I'm not so sure. Can anyone tell me what kind of plant this is?
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Can I use bonsai liquid fertilizer on my regular houseplants?

I have 0.5 liter bonsai liquid fertilizer that has outlived my bonsai. I have tried to give it away for free in my local Facebook plant groups, but as it seems no one is really into bonsai in my area. ...
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How many seeds are you supposed to plant to grow a bonsai tree?

This sounds like a really dumb question, but I don't know anything about growing plants. I was watching some tutorials on how to grow a bonsai from a seed and they mentioned plant four seeds in one ...
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Ficus religiosa leaves turning brown and yellow

Ficus religiosa leaves are falling off, some by turning yellow, and some by turning brown. I tried treating with fungicide thrice with 3 days gap in between, which is of no use. I use vermicompost as ...
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Bonsai growth stunted

I am out of ideas. We've just repotted our bonsai tree due to the fact that it became potbound. We found some beautiful compost and off we went. We previously repotted him a few months after we bought ...
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How should I diagnose leaf problems on these bonsai?

I have two informal maple bonsai (i.e., seedlings that I dug up from the garden and potted), both of which have some browning on their leaves: Preliminary research indicates that this could be ...
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When (and how) should I start seeds for bonsai?

On a walk through my neighborhood, I noticed that the trees are already dropping seeds, and I picked up several each of: Oak (exact species unknown) Maple (ditto) Japanese maple (ditto) If I wanted ...
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What should I do with my 3 feet 17yr old chestnut tree in a pot

What's the best/healthiest thing to do for my 17+yr old 3 feet chestnut tree in a pot so it will survive? I wanted to grow my own bonsai plant from a chestnut then didn't have the nerve to prune it. ...
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What type of bonsai tree is this and why is it losing leaves?

I bought a bonsai last month, and it was doing really well at my partner's house. But I have recently moved into my new place and it’s fairly cold and my bonsai is suffering. All of its leaves have ...
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Is my bonsai tree still alive even though its leaves are dry and brown?

About four months ago I watered my bonsai tree but it didn't soak in any water. Its leaves just hung. I changed its soil and removed all the rotten roots but nothing changed. Eventually, its leaves ...
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Bonsai ficus has brown spots on leaves -- how do I diagnose and cure?

My ficus bonsai has these brown spots: It's only a few leaves, but obviously I want to get ahead of it. Preliminary Googlage says that this can be caused by bacteria or fungi or insects: how can I ...
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Is it a problem if I pot multiple Bonsai at the same pot?

I repotted my Bonsais in one shared pot, they are from different types. Is that a problem? Sorry for the newbie question.
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How can I save my Cedar Bonsai?

This is the current state of my baby bonsai. I live in Istanbul. I put this in front of my window facing north. This is a 3 years old bonsai grew from the seed. This issue started 3 weeks ago, I ...
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Dying bonsai? All the leaves have fallen

Summarize the problem Got this bonsai as a gift a year ago it has been kept outdoors, watered twice a week now I see no more leaves, wondering if it is dying / dead I would like to bring it back to ...
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Can I make these impromptu bonsai work?

Yesterday, on an impulse, inspired by the Bob Ross of bonsai, I dug up two maple seedlings from my property and potted them. I had only one bonsai pot, so for the other one I had to use what I had on ...
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Is growing bonsai a special case of hydroponics?

I'm new to bonsai, and one of the many things I wonder about is how coarse bonsai soil is: it looks more like coarse sand or fine gravel. And, in fact, this site points out that that's basically true: ...
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Ficus bonsai regrowth

I recently got a ficus bonsai and I've been following instructions to keep it pruned, however, I have a few questions that I can't find information on. I've allowed a few branches to get a bit longer ...
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Mail Order Indoor Bonsai - Is my soil and new bonsai plants okay, am I doing the right things?

I ordered two indoor bonsai plants (Brussel's Fukien Tea Bonsai) online. They arrived together in a box and were protected by packaging peanuts. They have been acclimating to my home for a little ...
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Can i force a bonsai to branch?

I have a bonsai ash but would like stone lower branches on the tree. Can I force the mini-tree to make any?
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Carpinus leaves brown and shrivelled

I grow bonsai as a hobby, for almost ten years now, and to get new material I often just collect some seedlings or saplings in the neighborhood. They are from the side of the road or other "wild" and "...
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Bonsai sprout is loosing all of its leaves, help!

My boyfriend planted this bonsai from a seed almost a year ago, so not exactly sure which type it is. We keep it watered and it sits on the window in our bedroom, where it receives fresh air, sunlight,...
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How to save overwatered, deleaved bonsai?

Let me start off with I know what I did to damage it, and looking to find out if I can undo it. Long story short, I was an idiot and left my very happy Fukien Tea in the rain. I came back to ...
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Can I safely take cuttings from this tree?

I'm thinking about trying to take a cutting from the dwarf Japanese maple in my yard and grow it as a bonsai. However, I'm a little leery because the tree has already endured some damage (as explained ...
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Bonsai tree keeps losing leaves

Sorry for asking probably a question that has been asked before, but I really don't know what could I do to improve by bonsai's health. I bought it 1 year ago, and all this time it kept losing leaves. ...
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Should I add more soil to my bonsai seedlings

I have three bonsai seedlings that are just about 3 months old. They are Norway spruces and appear to be doing well but I was wondering if maybe I need to add more soil (particularly for the third one,...
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What is the name of this plant? and how do I take care of it?

I only just got this plant and would like to know its name, also is it some sort of a bonsai?
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How do I get a nice dense folliage back on my Chinese Elm?

I'm new here and quite new to growing bonsais! I'm in possession of a Chinese Elm, which I bought 3 months ago. It was held outside by the previous owner, so it had no leaves when it arrived here. I'm ...
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Can I approximate bonsai potting soil with regular commercial ingredients?

I have a bonsai ficus that may need repotting; however, I do not have any specialized bonsai soil, and in the pandemic environment I'm not sure I could get hold of any. (I know the nearest nursery is ...
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