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Dead/Dying bonsai ID...

Posted by greenman28 Nor Cal 7/8 (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 25, 09 at 11:54

Long story short....
the owner of a local restaurant gave my brother this tree for his birthday. When my brother got it home, he snapped these crappy pics with his cell-phone and sent them to me, with the question, "What is it? What should I do?"

I told him to Give it a good funeral :-)

Of course, I also told him to put it outside and wait...but not to expect much.

The pics aren't very clear, but some of you folks might be familiar with this tree. Small, toothed leaves like an Elm (ulmus).

Thanks!


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RE: Dead/Dying bonsai ID...

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Wed, Nov 25, 09 at 14:10

Ulmus parvifolia - Chinese elm.

Al


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RE: Dead/Dying bonsai ID...

Thanks, Al.
I appreciate the quick response.

Josh


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RE: Dead/Dying bonsai ID...

Quite right, it is a Chinese elm. It looks to me like it is going dormant and should be ok if it is left outside and kept damp. Jack


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RE: Dead/Dying bonsai ID...

That's a really nice elm !! DO NOT " give it a funeral " that would be such a waste of a nice plant . Give it a major haircut , cut all the dead branches off , place it outdoors in either shade or semi shade . Keep watering it as long as it has green leaves .


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RE: Dead/Dying bonsai ID...

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Sun, Nov 29, 09 at 12:24

Josh - I know you didn't ask, but if it was my tree, I think I would stick it in the ground until it regains some vitality (unless it really is just shedding leaves in prep for a winter's rest), then layer it off just above the existing root system & make a fat little broom out of it by utilizing about 4-5" of that nicely curving trunk after the top chop.

Al


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RE: Dead/Dying bonsai ID...

I'll see if I can talk my brother into bedding this one in the yard for the winter. Because this plant has been inside of a restaurant, I imagine that it's vitality is low...

This one will be a project. I'll take some proper pics as the season nears, and perhaps you can guide me through the layering process.

Josh


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RE: Dead/Dying bonsai ID...

Air layering is so easy. I've never done it with an elm though. But this is a really nice tree and I am so jealous :p


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RE: Dead/Dying bonsai ID...

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Tue, Dec 1, 09 at 14:07

I would ground layer that particular tree.

Al


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