About Bonsai Tree – Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree Online
Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree is native to East Asia. This is one of the most popular bonsai plant among beginners. Starting from 15cm to 30cm, it grows up to 70 feet tall under ideal conditions. However this Chinese Elm Outdoor Bonsai Plant is designed to grow at very low height to be kept inside the balcony for years to come. This outdoor bonsai plant is ideal for growing miniature bonsai plants in the town. Chinese Elm Bonsai Plant is a slow growing plant, low maintenance and very less demanding plant and that makes it the best choice for beginners to start with.
What’s special about Chinese Elm?
Three things differentiates a bonsai from one another. Leaves, Stems and the growing ability. The Chinese Elm Bonsai Plant has cute, distinctive dark green leaves that looks beautiful as it keeps growing. The leaves are attached to small branches that comes and are oval shaped toothed tiny leaves. The branches and stems are sturdy and give a beautiful look as the bonsai tree. It grows very nicely and won’t give you the headache at any point of time, if you have basic sense of growing a bonsai plant.
Temperature/Light for Bonsai Tree:
Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree is specially designed for Indian tropical climate. So, you need not to be worried about it’s ideal temperature. Though it’s very hardy and sturdy plant, Chinese Elm Bonsai Plant does not like much variation in temperature. Usually 25-35 degree centigrade it fair enough for this Bonsai Plant. You can easily keep this in the balcony during summers but you must keep it in shades or indoors in winters.
There is a thumb rule for outdoor bonsai plants. They love sunlight. If you’ve a Sun facing balcony, you must keep Chinese Elm Bonsai plant in the balcony so that it can get morning Sunlight. You can also keep it indoor in the room that gets some Sunlight.
Watering the Bonsai Tree:
Like other bonsai plants, Chinese Elms also prefer the soil to be slightly moist always. That means, you need to water it again when the soil goes dry. Touch the soil and if it feels dry, it’s the time to water it. In Indian tropical climate, you need to water it daily in summers, and twice a week in winters. That’s the perfect watering schedule.
Fertilizing Your Bonsai Tree:
Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree is a low maintenance plant. So, you need not to be worried about the fertilizing in first 4-6 months. However you can fertilize your Chinese Elm bonsai once a month during the growing season with the bonsai fertilizer. You can easily get cheap and excellent fertilizers & bonsai soil.
Pruning / Training of Bonsai Tree:
That’s the beauty of owning a bonsai plant. It keeps you engaged and that is so relaxing, I can’t explain it. Bonsai is known for it’s shape and that shape comes with pruning. It is necessary to maintain the right shape of your bonsai. Also, it helps in getting nutrients reach to the right parts of the bonsai tree for new growth. You can prune the bonsai plant by removing small branches, buds, and new shoots. Chinese Elm Bonsai Trees branches can be pruned throughout the year. The simple rule of pruning is : to cut the branches that are unnecessary or trim them to three leaves in a branch. While wiring the branches in the desired shape, you need to make sure that the branches have becomes slightly woody. There are few shapes you can try for your bonsai tree like Umbrella Shape or S Shape.
Insects / Pests care of Bonsai Tree:
Like all other house plants, Bonsai plants are also prone to pests and insects. If you notice any abnormal leaf drop, stickiness to the foliage, or visible insects, you need to treat the problem promptly. The treatment is very easy if noticed in the beginning. You can start by spraying your bonsai with a solution of 1 tsp dish soap to 1 quart tepid water or Neem oil spray and spray till mixture runs off the leaves; Rinse solution off leaves with plain water and repeat every few days as needed.
Repotting of Bonsai Tree:
Repotting is important. Hence, Chinese Elms will need to be repotted approximately every two years in the early March, April. Sometimes Chinese Elms may not react well to extreme root pruning, so avoid pruning the roots too far back when repotting. After repotting, water thoroughly and keep the plant in a shady location for several weeks in order to help the new roots grow. When the roots are ready, you can plant in the beautiful pots for bonsai.
Note to Bonsai Tree Care:
Chinese Elm Bonsai tree is hardy, sturdy and high tolerating plant. It will survive in all kinds of mistakes, such as over watering, under watering, or temperature changes etc. Another interesting points is , Bonsai, like people and animals, are sensitive to the effects of second hand smoke and will be healthier in a smoke free environment, just as you will enjoy cleaner air as your bonsai radiates its life giving oxygen to your home.