New Bonsai, Would Appreciate any advice!

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New Bonsai, Would Appreciate any advice!

Post  kayla450 on Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:32 am

I recently bought a bonsai. I have wanted one for as long as I can remember!  It Is a Fujian Tea Bonsai. I was wondering what the best soil would be for it, and if you would know if I can order it online or if that would be a bad idea. I've also noticed that the flowers on it are turning somewhat brown and wilting, which is scaring me. I'm worried about it being root-bound, but I'm not sure what to look for or even the best way to re-pot it. Also, there is a wire at the base, the store I bought it from said that it's to keep the tree held in, but I'm not sure if it's good for the tree or not. I will post alot of pictures, that way I can give you guys the best view so I can get more accurate advice.
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Post  JimLewis on Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:59 am

It is "Fukien" tea. The wire is fine. We fasten our trees into their pots as a precaution.

Is that gravel I see around your tree glued in? It seems as if there is a finer, dark soil immediately underneath. If it is glued, remove it. Since you only have one tree, ordering soil on line is fine. You can get it from a number of vendors.

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Post  Precarious on Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:07 pm

Hello Kayla, this tree has a nice trunk line and looks healthy! When it is happy, it will put out a small number of tiny white flowers almost constantly, but never really a strong blush of them. The dead matter left behind after the flower fades can be a little unsightly, but is easily removed with fingers.

The fact that it is wired into the pot, has what seems reasonable soil, and appears to me to have a top dressing (the brown on top of the soil), says to me that it was potted by someone who knows and cares.

This tree is a little finicky, and will lose leaves when stressed. Not to worry, though, once the environment is corrected it is quick to leaf out again. See this link for further related info: http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t8147-finickey-fukien-tea?highlight=fukien+tea
and you can hit the search button above, enter fukien tea, and see several threads. Also, here is a page from a well respected grower of tropical bonsai: http://www.bonsaihunk.us/info/FukienTea.html.

Typically, but not exclusively, people growing bonsai are looking for a fat, even gnarly, trunk that tapers toward the top and looks ancient. If that is your goal, you won't have to worry about the gnarly- FT does this naturally. Also, when healthy, it will often back bud and put out new branches from the trunk. This is good, because if allowed to grow they will help accomplish the thickening of the trunk. You can study up on 'sacrifice branches' for that.

To pull it out and definitively see if it is rootbound, you would need to remove the wire holding it in. If you don't want to do that, there are other ways to give an idea of the root tightness. You could stick your finger in an inch or so and feel for roots, or pull away the top of the soil to visualize the roots. Maybe others here have better ideas.

My FT's grow best outside in hot humid weather(have any of that in Kansas? Wink ) with morning sun up until about 2 or 3 in the afternoon, then shade after that. I wish you well!

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Post  kayla450 on Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:40 pm

I believe it is root bound because there is also roots sticking out from the top of the soil and rocks. The rocks are not glued in, it's just a top layer. I just Bought a new tropical bonsai soil, a bigger pot for re-potting, some wire and some tools. It's also not very humid in my house, kansas is pretty dry.
Since I bought it from someone, I have no idea when it was last repotted or the roots trimmed. The tag said it is 8 years old.
If i could get a break down of the best steps for repotting or a link I would appreciate it greatly. I'm really worried about killing it. From reading other sites I know I need to get a grow light and a humidity tray as well. I've looked up countless sites and they say alot of different things so it's confusing.
One other question, should I keep the rocks that are top and reuse them or can I just do without the rocks?
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Post  Precarious on Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:22 am

Like many tropicals, FT do best when repotted during the growing season.  Assuming you are zone 5 or 6, I would wait until mid-June or so.  That will give you time to search for repotting instructions.  Bonsaimary, bonsai empire, bonsai tool chest, bonsai4me, are all good websites.  Here and other sites have book recommendations as well.

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Post  DougB on Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:29 pm

Kayla welcome. the first thing you need to find is patience and the first thing to learn is to not only keep your tree(s) alive but thriving. Now this and only a few other discussion groups have folks who are well experienced. Many groups have voice-tress folks who are self-proclaimed experts, but only have just bought their first tree. Actually your best opportunity to engage knowledgeable folks and to learn is to join a local bonsai club. God to this siteto check on what club is near you.

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Post  kayla450 on Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:06 pm

So..Now I have the leafs falling off, I'm so worried that this tree is going to die on me. Any advice on how to reverse this would be appreciated.


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Post  kayla450 on Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:08 pm

DougB wrote:Kayla welcome.  the first thing you need to find is patience and the first thing to learn is to not only keep your tree(s) alive but thriving.  Now this and only a few other discussion groups have folks who are well experienced.  Many groups have voice-tress  folks who are self-proclaimed experts, but only have just bought their first tree.  Actually your best opportunity to engage knowledgeable folks and to learn is to join a local bonsai club.  God to this siteto check on what club is near you.

Thank you! I'll look one up!

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Post  rolex dragon on Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:27 am

Hi Kayla,

Welcome.
I've been having Fukien plants/bonsai for quite a while, but somehow
its been a bit of a tricky path keeping these fellas.
Many just refused to grow; remained dormant
or worst-died after some time.
Btw, I live in the tropics and these plants propagate and thrive
well here in the warm climate just about anywhere.
Matter of fact, I'm working on one right now and your post
drew me to share my Fukien tree!.  
here it is:



This guy grew off a seed (must have been from a bird)
about 10 years back and it was trimmed to provide shade.

It will be dug out as soon as I get some help.

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