Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree
How To Care For A Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree
Chinese elm bonsai are plants native to East Asia. This tree naturally grows to about 60 feet tall and can be grown indoors or outdoors. An ideal plant for beginners as they have a very predictable growth rate and pattern, so if you do make a mistake, you just have to wait a while and the mistake will grow out – sort of like a bad haircut!
Lighting and Temperature
Chinese elm bonsai are fairly easy to care for – although they do need shelter from cold weather most types are hardy. The plant can tolerate anything from full sun to full shade, but needs a moderate amount of light, so just use common sense. During the hot summer months your Chinese elm bonsai will need a little more shade, just to make sure the soil does not completely dry out.
Soil and Watering
Chinese elm bonsai are fairly easy to care for – although they do need shelter from cold weather most types are hardy. The soil needs to be kept fairly moist all year, but it will need more water in the spring and early summer as temperatures warm.
Re-Potting and Pruning
Every couple of years the bonsai will need to be repotted. This has to be done either a month before or after the major spring pruning so that your Chinese elm bonsai doesn’t suffer shock to its roots.
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