help! need to id this bonsai

JMD08January 5, 2014

hi everyone, my mother bought a bonsai a couple years ago not knowing what it was or how to take care of it. if anyone can help ID this plant i'd really appreciate it :)

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JMD08

another picture of it.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 1:38PM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Schefflera arboricola

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 1:50PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

why do you think it is a bonsai ... other than being in a tiny pot ...

you might want to find out aobut that if there is a bonsai forum ... or in houseplants ...

i would root some pieces and be done with this one ... if feasible ....

ken

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 3:53PM
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zackey(GA 8b)

I agree. I think it is too tall to be a bonsai. Wait until summer to take your cuttings. They root easy then. It is usually a full, multi-stemmed plant. It needs a much bigger pot soon.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 4:53PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

If the goal is to have a bonsai, one would want to start researching that. Bonsai is a process of constant maintenance, of above- and below-ground parts, not something you buy to just look at. The bonsai forum could help you know if this plant can be worked as-is, or other options.

It looks like the soil in this pot has a build-up of salts/chemicals.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 12:13PM
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