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Post  Wolftrees on Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:04 pm

Hi all, an update on the trees.

I followed the advice I was given elsewhere on this forum to water my trees when the top half inch of soil was dry and water to saturation. I have followed this religiously and also fed them once a week. They seem to like it, so much so that both trees produced new growth after I started watering and feeding them and I actually had to cut the elm back!

However now although the Buddhist Pine seems quite happy, the Chinese Elm is losing leaves all over the place. It dropped a few right from the start, but I think its accelerating now. OK am I being thick and this is what it should do at this time of year?? I would have expected them to turn brown first though.

I should mention that I'm keeping them indoors as I like to see them (no central heating) but they are right by a big window.

Also I suspect I need to trim the Pine but was warned that it is unforgiving. Is there a guide anywhere?
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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:29 pm

Elm will be deciduous trees in your climate; it should loose its leaves in the fall. I wouldn't worry, just be careful not to overwater, as it will need less water in winter.
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Post  will baddeley on Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:11 pm

Hello Wolftrees. Chinese Elms that rapidly lose their leaves indoors are usually suffering with Red Spider Mite. Are the leaves a mottled yellow?
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Post  Wolftrees on Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:40 pm

Hi Will, thats a no. There is the odd yellowish bit on the odd leaf, but I wouldn't call it mottled.
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Post  Kev Bailey on Sun Sep 25, 2011 12:43 am

Sounds like normal Autumn leaf drop then. Just be aware that Chinese Elm should be outside, always. Indoors spells doom for them. I have grown 10m trees outdoors in UK with no prob's and easy to airlayer.

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