Identify Bonsai

lalexander0504November 2, 2013

I purchased this bonsai today and did not get much information from the retailer, as I didn't know the questions to ask until now. Can someone please tell me what type of tree this is? Also, there is a lot of conflicting information out there about soil, watering, using moss, etc. What are some of the best and most accurate sources for bonsai information? This tree was a medium size one for $85 and I believe it was either 11 or 13 years old. I have felt the soil and it seems to be wet, so I will monitor it for now to see how quickly it gets dry.

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Reminds me a bit of my juniper...which is a procumbens variety. I have found a very good source of information with the search engine there.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 12:04PM
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Thank you. It is 11 years old. I've noticed that there is some brown underneath, but not on top. In addition, if I cut off any of the brown, it will be eliminating some very large, green leads because the brown is at the base of some of the branches. What can I do to resolve this? I don't think I'm overwatering. I mist it a little daily but don't actually put a significant amount of water in the soil with feeling it first to make sure its completely dry. The brown was there when I got it, as I got it a few days before my original post. If I need to repot in a better mix, I am willing to do that if I can find a good source on how to repot. This is my first bonsai and first planting experience in general so I don't want to kill it by repotting it incorrectly. I know keeping it outdoor is ideal. The gentlemen I bought it from had several that he has grown and said he kept them indoors. We will be moving out of our apartment in April so if it can hold on until then I will transition it to outside. For now, I have it under a fluorescent lamp. Any other recommendations or sources? I'll be really disappointed if I kill it, especially with how expensive they are. Overall, minus the brown, it seems to be in good health. Since I've bought it, it has grown some and needs some trimming to maintain the shape, so I don't think its on death row. The brown just concerns me. But the branches seem strong, you can gently pinch off some of the brown needles and maneuver the tree without any significant parts falling off or clearly brittling away.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 9:18PM
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botanicalbill(9b SWFlorida)

Do not keep it indoors. Junipers are very picky about this. Find a spot out side and keep it there till you see new growth, you will not see this till next spring.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2013 at 3:36AM
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