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Chinese Elm And Ficus Bonsai Trees

October 1, 2012 11:07 am
posted by Martin Boyle

Robert asks…

My Chinese Elm bonsai is dying. Help?

I’ve had this Chinese Elm Bonsai tree for about 8 months now and it’s just been starting to look unhealthy within the last month or so. The leaves are starting to brown and drop off pretty quickly and I can’t figure out why. I haven’t done anything different than I did previously. I water it about once a week, or when the soil becomes dry, whichever happens first and feed it about once a month (two during the growing season).
Help?!

Martin Boyle answers:

Hi , a little more details on the caring schedule you had, would help us have a better idea to determine what went wrong…Till then I could suggest a few basic guidelines. Like

During summer months it should be kept in the shade. Stop the feeding when the tree is unhealthy. It should ideally be re- potted a month of two after having been pruned.

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James asks…

Can a Ficus tree grow in zone 6 (Missouri)?

I’m a bonsai enthusiast and from my main ficus tree, over the years I’ve cut around 20 samples from it. All these samples have been potted and allowed to develop a decent root ball. I live in Missouri, and I’m curious if they will grow and develop freely here. I understand that the winter may be a bit much for them, even then I still would like them to freely grow so that I can trim and prune into art.

So, has anyone in zone 6 (or better yet, Missouri) ever successfully plant one in this zone? Did it survive the winter? Any steps taken (such as heating coils, plastic, etc…) to keep it alive during colder seasons?

To sum up my question: Is zone 6 possible, can it survive winter, or does it need help?

Martin Boyle answers:

I live in Florida, and grow tropical fruits and vegetables. I have been trying to grow a fruit called Rambutan. It can’t handle soil temps below 70 degrees. I have it in a greenhouse with an 80 foot soil heater coil buried 4 feet deep and wrapping the root ball. I keep it on on cold nights when it drops sometimes to freezing. It doesn’t work. The surrounding soil gets too cool to maintain my desired temp. This being said, the furthest north I have seen ficus growing was in Orlando Florida. But they were in bad shape from last years frost. Here in south Florida, if the temps drop to freezing for two hours. Small ficus die, larger ones loose all their foliage and branches up to two inch caliper die also. They do come back during the spring.
So I can say, that you can not grow it in Missouri in the ground on it’s own. You will have to build a green house with heaters plus ground coils,,, a lot of them, wrapped in and around the root system.

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Your Questions About Bonzai Fruit Trees

10:47 am
posted by Martin Boyle

Robert asks…

Can you let a bonzai fruit tree grow big?

Hi, I’m planning on growing some bonzai fruit trees and i was wondering….Now I’m currently renting my house but id love some fruit trees so i want to know if there’s anyway i can grow them as bonzai fruit trees and then replant them into the garden in a few years time when i can afford to buy my own property so they will grow to full sized trees . I pretty much just want a head start because i know they take years to grow and get fruit from when they are full sized trees. I’ve never had much to do with bonzais so id love any help, Thanks
If i plant them in pots, will they stay relatively small for a few years or will they eventually outgrow the pots? i saw u can buy special bonzai bags for bonzai fruit trees but id prefer to find out if it is possible to “unshrink” them at a later time before i go ahead and make any purchases….thanks again 🙂

Martin Boyle answers:

In short, yes, you can certainly do this.

However, you don’t need to formally ‘bonzai’ them. Just stick them in a large pot (one that you can lift and move!).

When it comes time to plant them in the soil, just take them out of the pots, loosen the roots if you can, and let them go.

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Your Questions About Bonsai Tree Growing From Seed

September 25, 2012 10:17 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

Betty asks…

How to plant and grow a Japanese Black Pine bonsai tree from a seed?

I recently bought a Japanese Black Pine bonsai tree to try out the art of bonsai. I am new to this and I was wondering i anyone could tell me how to plant and care for the Black Pine. Thank you!

Martin Boyle answers:

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William asks…

Bonsai tree from seed – little help?

Hi all.

So I am making a life hobby and decided to grow a Bonsai from seed.

I have purchased seeds for the following : LAGERSTROEMIA indica

My question is this. It is tropical species, I chose this so I can keep it indoors during my harsh Albertan winters.

However it still goes dormant inside the house in the winter months, and it is suppose to be sowed in Spring. Am i to late? If i do it now will it mess its “Cycle” up? Should I wait until next spring?

Martin Boyle answers:

Good thing you want a “life hobby” bonsai takes years and years when started from seed. Http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=lagerstroemia+indica+bonsai&fr=ush-ans&ygmasrchbtn=Web+Search Cuttings or finding a naturally stunted Crepe Myrtle would give slightly faster results.
Crepe myrtle seedling: http://pics.davesgarden.com/pics/2003/11/09/noxiousweed/03ec72.jpg
Mature specimen: http://www.bonsaioutlet.com/prodImages/trees/450/DT-9049DCM.jpg

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Your Questions About Bonsai Tree Growing Kit

September 24, 2012 12:34 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

Ken asks…

How to grow a mini bonsai tree?

I received a mini bonsai tree kit as a gift. It came with a pot, soil, decorative gravel, and the seeds. How do i set this all up. The pot has a 1 cm whole on the bottom, so how do i put the soil in there without it falling through to the bottom? Also, after i put the seeds in the soil, do i put the decorative gravel on top right away, or do i wait until the seeds have started to sprout? Also, how many seeds should i plant in the pot? The container is only 2in x 2in so it is not very big, so i am guessing you only want to end up with one bonsai tree, but do you want to plant more seeds then that? This is my first one and i am very excited about it, but obviously could use some guidance. Thanks for your help!

Martin Boyle answers:

Put a screen over the hole. You will want this to flow freely for watering. Plant 2 or 3 seeds and the thin them down to one when you see which looks the healthiest. Don’t put on the rocks until this is done. When you water, put the entire plant in standing water,almost to the top. Let it sit there for 20-30 minutes,then remove. Pick up a book on beginning bonsai and learn about it. It requires patience and takes many years to grow one from seed. You probably won’t want to trim the roots for at least a year or two. Be careful not to over prune when shaping your bonsai. Have fun. It is a very satisfying hobby. Please get a book on the subject though,as you will probably have many questions as your [bonsai tree] grows.

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Sandy asks…

How long does it take for a California Redwood bonsai tree to grow?

I recently bought a kit to grow a California Redwood “bonsai tree”. I am wondering how long it will take to grow. I have researched it a lot and have found much information on proper care and feeding; however, none of these sources will tell me the length that this “bonsai tree” will take to reach maturity.

Thank you

Martin Boyle answers:

Well technically there is no right answer to this question. The best answer is: a very long time. Basically when growing a bonsai like a redwood from seed you need it to grow to a certain height at which you trim it and keep it from growing any larger, then you have to wait many years (you will need about 10-20) before it will start to resemble more of a tree than a seedling. From there the longer you keep it and care for it, the better and more “mature” it will look, but there really is no such thing as a mature bonsai tree age.

If you want to have faster results, I recommend you buy a pre bonsai redwood and start from there (will save you 5-10 years).

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Your Questions About Bonsai Tree Growing

12:09 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

Betty asks…

If my “bonsai tree” is growing extremely quickly; is healthy, but growing roots more on one side,

can i rearrange the roots without hurting the tree? how? place it in bag with water and soil?

Martin Boyle answers:

Bonsai’s are tricky and very sensitive. Most like to be root-bound, and messing with the root system could affect it. I would just leave it, as that side of the pot runs out of room for the roots they will grow to the other side and even out. Be patient they live a LONG time 🙂

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