question about my bonsai ficus ginseng

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question about my bonsai ficus ginseng

Post  jayevilrott on Fri May 22, 2009 6:36 am

first thanks for the ppl that help me with my last topic now i have another question how many times exactly i have to water my bonsai i am doin really good i think for bein a begginer my tree is growing a lot of new branches and leaves but i just want to make sure that i am doin good with it i am watering the tree 3 times a day "pot,soil plant" what i realy do is water the soil a lil bit then later on water the spray the trunk and gravel and then i spray the leaves do i am doin good??? to me i am the results are amazing my tree is looking pretty healty and happy with a lot of growing activity but i please need some professional advise thanks a lot jay

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Post  Kev Bailey on Fri May 22, 2009 9:51 am

Too much water! You are VERY likely to kill your tree if you continue fussing over it like that. It will get root rot. Water it when it needs it, i.e. when the soil just starts to dry. You can test this by leaving a wooden chopstick
or ice lolly stick pushed into the soil. When it is pulled out and feels dry to the touch, it is time to water.

Spraying the foliage is fine, you can do that as often asyou like, so long as no water drips onto the soil.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Fri May 22, 2009 11:17 am

Kev Bailey wrote:Too much water! You are VERY likely to kill your tree if you continue fussing over it like that. It will get root rot. Water it when it needs it, i.e. when the soil just starts to dry. You can test this by leaving a wooden chopstick
or ice lolly stick pushed into the soil. When it is pulled out and feels dry to the touch, it is time to water.

Spraying the foliage is fine, you can do that as often as you like, so long as no water drips onto the soil.

I agree with Kevin. BTW, "ice lolly" is a United Kingdom term for Popsicle.

I use meat skewers.

Does this tree have rocks glued to the surface of the soil? If so, break them off with a screwdriver and fill the void with good potting soil. Also, as soon as weather permits, get the poor thing outside as much as possible.

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