Silje
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Bonsai Help I am new >o<

I brougth a bonsai tree, and I realised that in the store it had brown leaves, and the soil was not very watered. And that in the paper i got with it, that tells what to do, just said it was an bonsai tree, and it don't stand cold tempratures under 15 degreeds.

so I have to take it in every night. But I wondering way it still getting brown sins I look up an proffesional bonsai master and he say water it everyday and have it outside. And do what he tells to do. >o<

well I am very happy the new leaves that coming out is nice, sins then I know I did something good <3

here is the plant I want to know the name of the bonsai type of it and what is going on with it, if it something i did wrong or if it was the store. And what i should do next.

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is it?

I try to look up in doors bonsai to find the name.

I think its called:

Ginseng Ficus Bonsai Tree.

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Silje,

Welcome to the forum, glad you found us. I agree with your identification as a Ginseng Ficus. This is the common name for a variety of Ficus more formally known as F. microcarpa or F. retusa, I'm not sure which is the more current designation.
https://www.bonsaihunk.us/info/GinsengFicus.html

As far as being inside or outside, during the summer I prefer to keep everything outside only bringing tender plants in when it cools in the fall. I have a long enough growing season here to make this worthwhile but other growers, in more northerly climes, prefer to keep Ficus indoors year round.

Jerry Meislik (AKA Bonsai Hunk) is one of them. In his area he has determined that it is not worth it to transition them twice a year and instead prefers to grow indoors exclusively. He is a serious grower and has gone to the trouble, and expense, to provide his trees with an excellent indoor environment.
https://www.bonsaihunk.us/info/MetalHalides.html

Most sources suggest 50F as a minimum temperature for Ficus and while that is a good rule of thumb I have had mine withstand lower temps than that. Realistically, although a cool night (within reason) will not kill a Ficus there will come a time when you will be forced to bring it inside for the winter. This means that supplemental lighting will be very beneficial, if not mandatory.
https://www.bonsaihunk.us/ficusforum/FicusTechniques/FigTechnique19.html

Explore the site I linked to above, Jerry is well known for his expertise with Ficus. Don't hesitate to inquire further or just let us know how your tree is doing.

Norm

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Be careful about the watering it everyday thing. Improper watering techniques are one of the most common causes of problems with any potted plant. Try using the chopstick method, outlined at the page below, to tell when to water. Always remove the inner pot from the outer one when watering and only return it after the soil has drained well.

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1479

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Gnome wrote:Silje,

Welcome to the forum, glad you found us. I agree with your identification as a Ginseng Ficus. This is the common name for a variety of Ficus more formally known as F. microcarpa or F. retusa, I'm not sure which is the more current designation.
https://www.bonsaihunk.us/info/GinsengFicus.html

As far as being inside or outside, during the summer I prefer to keep everything outside only bringing tender plants in when it cools in the fall. I have a long enough growing season here to make this worthwhile but other growers, in more northerly climes, prefer to keep Ficus indoors year round.

Jerry Meislik (AKA Bonsai Hunk) is one of them. In his area he has determined that it is not worth it to transition them twice a year and instead prefers to grow indoors exclusively. He is a serious grower and has gone to the trouble, and expense, to provide his trees with an excellent indoor environment.
https://www.bonsaihunk.us/info/MetalHalides.html

Most sources suggest 50F as a minimum temperature for Ficus and while that is a good rule of thumb I have had mine withstand lower temps than that. Realistically, although a cool night (within reason) will not kill a Ficus there will come a time when you will be forced to bring it inside for the winter. This means that supplemental lighting will be very beneficial, if not mandatory.
https://www.bonsaihunk.us/ficusforum/FicusTechniques/FigTechnique19.html

Explore the site I linked to above, Jerry is well known for his expertise with Ficus. Don't hesitate to inquire further or just let us know how your tree is doing.

Norm

P.S.

Be careful about the watering it everyday thing. Improper watering techniques are one of the most common causes of problems with any potted plant. Try using the chopstick method, outlined at the page below, to tell when to water. Always remove the inner pot from the outer one when watering and only return it after the soil has drained well.

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1479
Thank you for responding, it helped a lot. sins I got no questions from the other pages.

But still I wonder way the leaves is brown. I have not water it everyday now, sins I feel I can over water it.

So you say, it can stay out nightings in the summer even it gets a little cold? sins I am not sure from the or tempratures in norway. it can get pretty cold in the nights, even in summer.

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removed the inner pottern. Forgot to do it when i got it haha feel stupied now>o<

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Så lenge din nattlige temperaturene holde seg over 10 º C, bør du være fint med denne arten.

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Kdodds,

While I'm pleased, and impressed, at your ability to communicate with this member I would please ask that you provide a translation for those of us not so able. :oops:

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Silje,

Since I am not aware what Kdodds informed you of I'll take a stab at it. Ficus really thrive in warmer environments and the cooler it gets the slower they will grow, eventually to the point where they will become weak and fail if allowed too much exposure to low temperatures.

So, while a night at 40F will not kill it, consistently low temps will slow growth and hinder the development of a good bonsai design. Remember, bonsai have to grow in order to be trained. It is not enough to simply keep them alive. This is especially true of younger material that is in need of development.

Norm

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Just repeated what you already said about night time temperatures. It seems Silje is possibly using a translator, or, while FAR better at speaking English than I am at speaking Norwegian, not understanding what you've stated, so I simply offered it in native tongue. Literal tanslation being, "as long as your night time temperatures do not fall below 10ºC [~50ºF], you should be just fine with this species".

Jeg vil ytterligere forsiktighet at treet skal FORBLI inne hvis temperaturen ikke overstiger romtemperatur i løpet av dagen.

I would also caution that the tree should REMAIN inside if the day time temperatures do not exceed room temperature.

You'll get better growth that way as long as the tree is directly in a southern, western, or eastern window, in that order of preference.

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