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Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:31 am
rainbowgardener wrote:The ficus still doesn't look that bad (Incidentally all your original pictures disappeared from your post. Did you move them? Or relabel? That breaks the link to them. ) The chinese elm is severely yellowed.
Re the browning: If the leaves are touching the cold wall, that could do that. You would just need to pull the furniture they are on a couple inches away from the wall.
I have seen ficus much more defoliated than your picture come back. You haven't said where you are located or what your climate is like. Ficus is not at all cold tolerant, so can't be out for the winter unless you are in some tropical location. It benefits from a summer vacation outside. You said where it is, it gets plenty of light. Hard for us to evaluate that. I would still try putting a lamp on it. You could do that with a floor lamp angled to shine on it.
But you should understand that these are trees, not interior decoration items. If you want decor items, there are beautiful fake bonsai.
Here's a thread where I posted some info about the Chinese elm:
They may or may not drop leaves in winter depending on how they are cared for/ conditions they are in. But it sounds like the lack of light and the cool wall behind them, may have triggered yours into dropping leaves. If so, you should probably put it in a cool dim place and let dormancy proceed. But is it really dropping leaves or just yellowing? Yellowing can be a sign of nutrient lack and/or over watering.
Your soil does seem too moisture holding. Bonsai soil should NOT take weeks to dry out. If your plants survive until spring, I would repot them into a better mixture (more like perlite or other mineral component, small bark chips, and a very small amount of compost/potting soil).
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Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:52 am
imafan26 wrote:If you don't have a freeze and you stay above 50 degrees F. all year, the trees will be better outside. Bring them in for a few hours or a night to enjoy them but keep them outside most of the time. They will be happier for it. Most trees want to be outside. The ficus can be acclimated inside but you still need a spot with bright light or a lighted shelf (daylight flourescent or grow bulb). It is better to have light from above than from the side or the plant will turn toward the light unless it is turned regularly. Once the ficus is acclimated the leaves will grow back, but if you change the light again the leaves will drop again. Once acclimated indoors, it would have to be hardened off or the leaves will burn in high light.
I have not grown Chinese elm, the only bonsai and topiary I have grown were juniper (cannot be indoors), mugo pine, bougainvillea, rosemary (topiary), euphorbia cotonifolia (topiary), panax, schefflera (more topiary than bonsai since the wood is soft, but pretty easy to grow indoors. Grown outdoors, they become the octopus tree that grows wild), jade (small and big leaf, Jamaican oregano, and geometry tree. I have Fukien tea growing as a weed in my yard. It is hard to kill.
Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:26 pm