How do they survive?

sf_rhinoApril 13, 2014

Typical post on this forum: "I just bought a [ficus/juniper/unknown] bonsai from the store and it is dying. Please help!"

[Insert photo of dead/dying plant in a soggy 90% peat brick with glued-on pea gravel.]

Typical response: "Try changing the soil, watering when the plant needs it, giving an appropriate level of light, etc."

My question is, how do these plants survive and look so nice when they are at the store in such bad media? Do they water less, use better lighting? It seems strange to me that so many bonsai (and houseplants for that matter) do fine at the store and die at home...

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dethcheez(Sunny SoCal Z10)

Because they rotate out the dead stock & replace it with new plants

The bonsais you see at stores like WalMart & HomeDepot etc. are c**p

Just because you put a cutting or plant in a small pot doesn't make it a bonsai
LOL

    Bookmark   April 20, 2014 at 11:30PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
JimK1940(Zone 8a north of Seattle)

Right on dethcheez, there is a term for these plants, called Mallsai, not Bonsai. People that sell this c--p have only one interest, that being the MONEY in your pocket. They could care less if the plant lives or dies.

The best advice I can give you is this, if you purchased or was given one of the Mallsai, take it out of the pot it's in and plant it in a training pot. (large pot) with good Bonsai Soil.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 7:34AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Japanese Maple Bonsai Tree Started to Sprout
Hello, I am a first time bonsai grower and I bought...
bgardne7
Tips for new owner of an Australian Brush Cherry?
I came across a 18-inch-tall Australian Brush Cherry...
Ohiofem
My first bonsai. What is it?
Bought this at our local chain store:-) the tag said...
1nogreenthumb
help my bonsai is dying!!!!!
Hello, I am in desperate need of help. I am a begginer...
dayscraze
Soil mixture questions.
Hi so I have a couple questions. First is that I'm...
deepbonsai
Sponsored Products
Unbranded New Construction IC Airtight 6 in. Recessed Metallic Housing Kit 1128
$24.19 | Home Depot
Home Decorators Indoor/Outdoor Home Decorators Collection Rugs Antoinette
Home Depot
Ball Inspired Chair-Black - Cashmere Wool
IFN Modern
Design House Westmoor 522136 Centerset Lavatory Faucet - 522136
$70.99 | Hayneedle
Ogee Chain Rug 4' x 6' - BEIGE
$689.00 | Horchow
Safavieh Poolside Black/ Beige Indoor Outdoor Rug (4' x 5'7)
Overstock.com
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™