Indoor Bonsai Tree Gift Set - Medium Sized Chinese Elm - 18cm Pot
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- Includes Bonsai2u Care Sheet
- Excellent indoor/outdoor bonsai tree
- Comes planted in a 18-20cm ceramic bonsai pot with matching ceramic drip tray
- Bonsai2u import these trees to get the best possible price
- Pot colour may vary
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Excellent semi-evergreen bonsai. Indoors or out but needs some winter protection. Planted in a 18-20cm ceramic bonsai pot with matching ceramic drip tray and Includes 250ml Pokon bonsai food and 105mm bonsai scissors. All trees sent will leave the nursery in excellent condition and will be of equal quality or better than the photograph shown. Bonsai2u elms have fresh new growth making them ideal presents
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The tree itself arrived in good condition, just like the images advertised, perhaps two slightly discoloured leaves, most likely due to no water during the delivery period.
The pot and drip tray are also quite pleasant to look at (IMO), no cracks or defects.
Overall, I'd say this was a very good buy, and at the price (about £13 when I bought it), it was a bargain. I'm only a beginner when it comes to the art of bonsai trees, this being my first bonsai tree, but I've already got the necessary tools, food, and books on how to look after it.
NOTE: The images attached were taken after I done some pruning on the tree, it arrived a little bushier.
Read the book (Bonsai Basics) as well as other articles, and having got the gist, here is what I did...
Within days the Elms were devoid of leaves and looking somewhat 'dead', with the Podocarpus looking in need of some serious TLC.
Some careful pruning followed by watering and feeding didn't help much, so after ordering 2 different soils, and 1 which acted as a feeder, along with mesh, I set about reviving them.
It was easy to remove them from their pots as their roots had virtually replaced what soil there was. I then carefully removed the existing soil and 'excess' roots, and after sticking them under the tap to clean away residues set about re-potting each.
Cut mesh to cover bottom of pots, used both soils, put each tree back in its' respective pot, added more soil to secure them in place then gave each a good soaking. A sprinkling of the feeder soil, a quick spray of water, and I now have trees bursting with life and the only decision left is which leaves to prune.
When the soil looks (and feels) dry, under the tap they go, and they continue to flourish.
This may seem a somewhat 'cavalier' approach, especially after reading about what you should and shouldn't do, but it worked for me.
You have no way of knowing how old the soil they come in is, when they were last pruned, or the extent of root growth without looking, but I might suggest that you consider following my example if your trees seem to look like they're on their last legs, I mean, roots!
(Soils, etc., used: Hard Akadama, Indoor Bonsai Soil Mix, Naruko Slow Release Tree Feed, and Drainage Mesh)
Item came safely packaged (see pic) whereby the tree itself is cable tied to the box, and the feed and scissors were also cable tied to the box away from the tree so no damage occurred during transit. The soil was cling filmed around the pot to prevent moisture being lost and the dish was bubble wrapped separately.
Lovely tree and perfect for any bonsai enthusiast or those who gave up trying to grow a bonsai tree from seed !
Now we're hooked and want to buy loads more trees :D
Packaging 10/10 held firmly in place in the box with the soil "shrink wrapped" in place.
Tree 10/10 just what was hoped for if not more. Really beautiful little Elm.
Pots. 10/10 Lovely dark blue ceramic rectangular pot, with a matching ceramic stand for it to go on a take any excess water..
Accessories 10/10 feed for years and a pair of trimming scissors.
Instructions 5/10 it tell you what to do but I'm sure there is more but I guess this a book purchase, so really really cant complain.
Company 10/10 this is not some fly by night
This is my first bonsai tree and I've wanted one for 30+years.
I read a lot of reviews beforehand so was kind of prepared.
I bought mine toward the end of the feeding season, now its "rest period" so probably not ideal as it would have to aclimatise to a new country, new location, and I really couldn't help too much. After about a month or so the original leaves had died away, however I was getting new shoots come through. I have limited natural daylight in my place, and it gets incredibly cold. But when the leaves are dying off I am coninually getting small quantites of new shoots coming through. so I'm hopine in the summer time when it gets a steady temperature, and I can help it with some food, its going to bloom in full. I actually love it. Seeing a little bit of life is so great :D Its a fine line between under watering and over watering, but I've even taken steps to shape it more to my own style and trim back certain stems to shape it :D