please help!! re:dying hornbeam

SarahbtFebruary 10, 2013

I have had my hornbeam for a few months now, and it was thriving until I went away for 4 days and forgot to ask my flatmate to water it. It was out in the summer sun on all of the four days and when I came back it had completely dried out.

The leaves had turned brown and crunchy, some had fallen off. I would say only 5% of the leaves were green and healthy.

Since then I have been immersing it in water every day or every second day depending on the soil but there has been no improvement. Does anyone have any advice? ANything would be appreciated!


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Keep watering it, but don't over water it and drown the roots. If it still has some green leaves, it is most likely still alive. In time it will re-bud and grow new leaves, although some branches may have died completely. Scrape back some bark in an inconspicuous spot or on a branch you plan on not keeping and see if there is any green in the cambian layer, if so that branch is still alive.

Here is a link that might be useful: Beginner Bonsai on Facebook Please visit for Bonsai Tips and How to Videos

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 11:01AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hi Sarah,

Good luck with your Hornbeam.. I hope it will turn around for you.

BeginnerBonsai.. I enjoyed your utube video! Thanks for posting!

Hope to hear some good news on your Hornbeam.


    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 9:56PM
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