Bonsai Update – An Old Chinese Elm – See below for more information on care and cultivation.
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Beginner’s guide, tips and information on how to care and maintain your Chinese Elm bonsai tree and is for all levels of abilities. See below for a care and maintenance summary.
This Video is about about and old Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) bonsai tree. The owner of the tree passed away and he bequeathed his trees to his relatives. One of the relatives had not clue about what to do with these trees and decided to dispose of them and I acquired it along with a the rest of the trees. It was apparent that the trees had been neglected, possible due to the ill health of the owner. The tell tale signs were there, such as the trees had not been pruned and the new growth was long and leggy. Earlier this year it suffered from fungal attack and that is when I first worked on this tree. The work in this part one and part two video is after the work the initial work done on it earlier this year.
These trees are natives of China, Korea, Japan and the far east Asian countries.
These trees grow very fast and need to be pruned regularly. These trees are winter hardy in the UK and I keep mine out doors at all times of the year. Chinese Elms are deciduous trees and lose of of their leaves in the autumn.
These trees can be placed in full sun or partial shade. Good bonsai soil mix is preferable for good drainage. These trees are very robust and if watering is over looked, not for too long, they bounce back and are very forgiving.
As the trees are in little pots, the goodness from the bonsai soil mix doesn’t last long so they need to be fed. I use variety of fertlisers, including chicken pallets, chempack 10:10:10 seaweed extract and what every else is handy. My feeding regime starts in spring and goes through to almost the end of autumn.