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Help, Crack in Tree

Posted by emdoscio Philadelphia (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 13, 13 at 14:20

Hi all. Since February I have had a 20-year old bonsai -- I think it is a Cotoneaster. I just noticed it has a sizable, dry looking crack running all the way from its trunk to the top. I only just noticed it because I hadn't turned it around to look at the other side since situating it in a sunny spot by the window.

I have watered it every day to every-other day, sometimes every 3 days, making sure the soil is damp. I have even used a spray bottle now and then because I heard Cotoneasters like that. It's in a sunny spot and my room is consistently about 70 degrees. I have not fertilized it, however.

Does a crack like this mean my tree is dead? The leaves are brown, but the place I got it from told me it was normal for leaves to fall off when you first get it because bonsais don't like being moved.

I have attached a photo so you can see what I'm talking about. The split wraps all the way up the tree. : (

Thank you for your help to a newbie! -Emily

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RE: Help, Crack in Tree

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 14, 13 at 15:33

It looks like it's probably not salvable, Emily. If the place you got it from told you it was normal for leaves to fall off when you first get it because bonsais don't like being moved, they might have been being less than honest, but it's difficult to tell. They should have told you that trying to grow your tree indoors probably wouldn't work, and would result in your tree's demise. Your tree wants a cold rest for the winter - buried in the garden or snoozing in your garage. Scratch the trunk with your nail or a sharp tool to see if it's green. Do it in several places from high to low. If you push your hail against the trunk & it's slightly spongy - not hard - it's probably still alive. If it is, stop back & we can go from there.


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