Questions tagged [bonsai]

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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How to start Gulmohar bonsai from seeds?

I have so many Gulmohar around. How can I use Gulmohar fruit/flower to start my own Gulmohar bonsai.
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Has my Bonsai died?

When I first purchased my Bonsai, the tree was so beautifully green. I purchased it about a year ago. It has been this color for about three to four months now. I'm wondering if it has died or just ...
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Need help identifying this bonsai tree

received this as a gift and I have no info on it. Not sure what it is or how I should care for it. Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks. Whew, that's a lot of info STORMY. The plant is ...
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Help with Yellow leaves

Can someone please help with the cause of yellowing of bottom leaves of bonsai umbrella tree. The new leaves look fine. I'm in Australia in autumn but still 28-15 deg so not sure if I should repot at ...
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Does the blue Japanese maple tree exist?

In my search of different kinds of bonsai trees, I have come across various websites selling blue Japanese maple seeds, usually with an image attached (most likely photo-shopped). I personally don't ...
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Can you grow a fig tree in full shade?

About 3 weeks ago I propagated a cutting from a fig tree in water. It is growing roots and almost ready to plant. I have a nice spot for it but it will (at best) receive 1-2 hours of direct morning ...
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Do I need a special seed or type of tree for growing a bonsai tree?

I want to grow a bonsai tree. Do I need a special type of seed or tree for me to be able to grow it as a bonsai tree?
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What is this tree that looks like an ash tree?

What is this tree? I was told it's an ash tree. I would like to know if it is. The underside of the leaves are lighter than the top, indicative of white ash? There are little white nodes on the ...
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Would an elderberry tree make a good bonsai

So Its winter where I am at and I have been wondering a lot about starting bonsai trees from cuttings, that being said there are several red elder trees in the woods near my house and I was wondering ...
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Need help with identification of bonsai tree

I just bought this bonsai and I can’t find anywhere what type it is. Can someone help me please?
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What type of Bonsai is this, and how should I take care of it?

I just received this beautiful Bonsai. But it didn't come with instructions on watering, or how much sunlight. I'm in New York and its freezing. I want to put it by the window because I get a lot of ...
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Help me identify this Mini Bonsai

I bought this mini bonsai from home depot, but it didn't have a specific bonsai name, so I'm trying to guess what is this kind of bonsai?
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When should I plant my tree saplings into a bonsai pot?

About one year ago I started to grow different kind of trees from seeds. I always had the plan to create bonsai's out of them one day. But how old should they be before I plant them into a bonsai pot ...
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Bonsai Ficus problem

The leaves on my Ficus are dropping off at an alarming rate. The new leaves that had grown are going brown and are now dropping off. I have just come back from holiday after 10 days away. I watered it ...
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What's the type of this Bonsai Ficus? [duplicate]

I got a bonsai tree as a gift, all it says on the card is Bonsai Ficus, but after searching online to find the exact type of my tree I couldn't really get to a precise conclusion. Could anyone ...
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How can I restore foliage in a Chinese Elm bonsai?

My Chinese Elm bonsai lost its foliage from the time of purchase (June) until now (November): Roots seem fine (i.e. not rotten): Is there something I can do (e.g. re-potting, pruning, feeding, ...
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How can I tell when to water my Chinese elm bonsai?

I moved my Chinese elm bonsai from my office to home. In the office the soil was usually dry after 2 days without watering, so I'd water every 2 days, before it got dry. Now, at home, the soil is ...
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How can I recognize mould in the soil of potted plants?

Is this mould on my bonsai's soil? If it is mould, how can I treat it? How can I recognise mould in potted plants in general?
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Trident maple leaf curl with some dark tips

Two maples have just come out of dormancy sprouting deformed leaves. They are nearly all curled and some have shrivelled and died with black edges. Any idea what it could be? They are outside mainly ...
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Pine seeds which I planted two months ago grew early. What should I do?

I don't know much about gardening. But I want to. I always wanted to grow many bonsai trees in my home and exotic trees in my garden. So like two months ago, I picked pine cones from ground and ...
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Is my crepe myrtle dying because of winter season?

I grew my Crepe Myrtle early spring and then knowing that winter was coming, I slowly put it inside to get it used to the indoor dark light and dry atmosphere. It's been two weeks now that I let it ...
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How can I grow an in-ground 'bonsai' oak tree?

My question is a bit different because I'm leaving the oak tree in the ground where it started growing about 5 or so years ago. I've been trying to keep it cut back each year to try to make it into ...
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Bonsai basil? Tips on herbal bonsai

I have a 5 year old basil plant growning in my window. Since I don't know much about gardning it has been a small hobby of mine to prune it and keep it alive. My idea was to create some kind of ...
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Why aren't my young Bonsai Plant seedlings growing well?

My bonsai plant is not growing well. I used a Mini Bonsai Kit. With 6 seeds, I was able to sprout only 2 plants and one is almost wilting. The other one was growing well for a week but it also seems ...
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How to save my Crepe Myrtle bonzai from expected death during next winter?

I had the hardest time making a seedling Crepe Myrtles this spring. One died because I touched it like a noob then it bended an died -_-. The other one had not enough sun so it dried out and died, ...
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How can I stunt the growth of a Night Blooming Jasmine?

I have been trying to grow a Night Blooming Jasmine, Cestrum nocturnum Jessamine, plant indoors. The plant is growing pretty rapidly. I read that the height of the plant goes up to 8-10 feet, which is ...
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'Dead' Bonsai Help

My wife bought me a small tree two years ago from a Garden Show. I am unsure of the variety, sorry! It had a great summer on our decking, and was thriving. It wintered well, and came back glorious ......
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Suckers on dormant tree

My oak appears to be dormant. I am in Cape Town, its winter and around 6- 14°C overnight. My oak tree sprouted 8 suckers and they are growing strong. Why would the tree not sprout from the trunk or ...
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Symptoms of nutrient deficiencies in trees

Are there some good rules of thumb to what symptoms map to sorts of deficiencies. If leaves are turning yellow out of season, what sort of deficiencies could be responsible? I have read the following ...
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Thickening trunks of bonsai

I wish to thicken my trunks on a few ficus hawaii, ficus benjamina, maples and juniper trees in a shorter space of time. What species of bonsai and to what effect will vertical cuts thicken the trunk? ...
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Are these insect eggs on the bonsai?

We bought a bonsai tree in Houston, TX and we spotted something on the branches. What is it? Should we remove them? As suggested I've taken more pictures and investigated further. I removed more: ...
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Jabily/elephant tree (Operculicarya decaryi) bonsai

I have an Operculicarya decaryi. I got it about half a foot long, and now it has grown quite a bit. It seems reasonably healthy and not in danger of dying, though I don't know much about these trees ...
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Can I safely remove glued gravel on top of my bonsai plant's soil? [duplicate]

My friend has a bonsai plant that they won at a door prize and it is in a container where it came in and all the little pebbles are glued together. Is there a way to unglue the pebbles? Or if I were ...
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Growing bonsai using artificial lighting

So I bought Japanese ELM seed to grow my own bonsai. The thing is, I read everywhere that it need a lot of sun, especially in the morning. But where I live, I the sun doesn't reach the window until ...
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How closely related do plants have to be for grafting purposes?

I have a lovely trunk / rootstock that I want to use for bonsai. It is a field maple (acer campestre). I don't particularly want to foliage though. I will have (hopefully at the end of the season) ...
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Is the pictured seedling a Sycamore or field maple?

I recently dug up a 3 year old self seeded specimen from my garden that I intend to bonsai after I move house. I originally thought it was a field maple (Acer campestre) but am starting to suspect it ...
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What kind of small/bonsai-tree is this pictured one?

Recently I moved to a new house and there was a bonsai tree that seems to be very weak. What kind of bonsai tree is it?
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keep bonsai leaves small

I want to make a bonsai with a ginko tree. The tree is two years old and has really big leaves that would not give a balanced impression on a bonsai. Just by googling "ginko bonsai" I can see that ...
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Fusing apple seedlings for bonsai

I've grown some apple tree seedlings from a shop bought apple for the purpose of turning into a bonsai. A high percentage of them have germinated and I've ended up with more than I bargained for (12 ...
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Will a cutting from a wild fig tree grow more quickly in water or soil?

I intend to grow a wild Fig tree (Indian) from a cutting I broke off the foot path. Will it sprout roots faster in water or should I pot it and hope? The Pipal cutting has both root buds and branch ...
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zanthoxylum piperitum 5 years old bonsai watering and care?

I already read this great answer about water a bonsai, which was very helpful, but I'm very confused and I would love some help, as my previous bonsai died drowned and I don't want that to happen ...
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What are the different styles of bonsai trees?

I am interested in bonsai, but I'm having difficulty finding the design that I want because when searching the internet most of the bonsai styles don't have pictures. Could we create a compilation of ...
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Bonsai pot broke due to accident

I am a bonsai beginner and a friend gifted me a ficus bonsai. A stray cat got into the house and jumped on the table where I had kept my bonsai pot, tipping the table and breaking the pot. I wasn't ...
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Can I re-grow roots from a piece of a trunk cut from my green ash tree?

I have a 3 ft stump of a green ash tree that I pulled out of the ground. I cut 3 root stubs with a chain saw. It's coming from a triple trunk that was rotting out. Is there any way I can regrow the ...
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Help identify my bonsai tree

I've been given a bonsai tree by a friend who knew I was interested in learning about them. Unfortunately all it said on the pack was 'bonsai tree'. I've done a little research looking for the name ...
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Tips for first Serissa Bonsai

I just brought home my first bonsai. Looking at some of the guides online I think it needs some pruning after the flowering period. It still has wire on most of the growth. Any suggestions about ...
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Giant Sequoia Bonsai

I'm attempting to grow some Sequoiadendron giganteum (Giant Sequoia) from seedlings I received from a friend. I plan to bonsai them, since i don't really have the need or space for a 300ft tree. The ...
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What is this bonsai tree with serrated elliptic leaves and why has it lost all its leaves?

My son bought me a bonsai tree for Father's day in June last year. It grew new leaves and shoots for a while and has been watered regularly. It has now dropped all its leaves and there does not seem ...
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What are some fast growing bonsai fruit trees in Delhi?

I am looking for a fruit tree which I can make into a bonsai, but I have a lack of patience. Please suggest a fast growing tree in Delhi environment that could easily be bonsai.
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I want to start a bonsai. I'm not sure where to begin

Background I have all the tools to do a bonsai from my family in Japan and my mother. I want to start my first real bonsai. Part of growing up was helping my mother with her Japanese Rock and Moss ...