Bonsai_mike
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My bonsai is Brown and Crispy! How Can I Save It!!

I got my tree a month ago, its a pine needle type, and it was nice and green and I was happy. It has a little pool and a little guy sitting on a rock. Any way I water it every other night and have a grow light on it and now it has a layer of brown sharp crispy needles (ow!) and a layer of new green below the brown layer! And some green above the brown! I don’t want it to die! help me!!!! Me and my tree will appreciate the help!

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Mike,

Sounds like you may have a Juniper. First use google to verify this ID. then check out these threads for some basic information.

[url]https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3765&highlight=juniper[/url]
[url]https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3766&highlight=juniper[/url]
[url]https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3662&highlight=juniper[/url]

And finally, [url]https://www.bonsai4me.com/SpeciesGuide/Juniperus.html[/url]

If you have any specific questions don't hesitate to ask.

Norm

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Well it is Juniper but unfortunitly i think it going to die. :cry: Now even the green needles are dry and sharp. i had the thought to put a tin-foil wraping around the pot to keep the water from draing out and now i found out junipers need to be less wet and more outside! where as i've kept mine inside under a grow light. the soil is soggy but the tree is dry. :(

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Mike,

Sorry. Junipers can look reasonably healthy even after the are dead. Once they look that bad they are almost certainly dead. You will do better next time.

Norm

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Thanks. there may be some hope i think. their are still some green needles near the center that are not crispy. Any Hope?

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Mike,

A test that is commonly used is to scratch the trunk a bit and look for living green tissue. If it is all brown that is a bad sign. Even if it is alive you will have to find a more appropriate spot for it. The trouble is that it is not acclimated to conditions outside and moving it now may not be wise. A cool location might offer some hope.

Follow the link to the Bonsai4me sit that I provided above. There is a description of a process intended to rescue ailing Junipers. Note that I am almost certain that he is not referring to the commonly available peat moss found in garden centers but instead the long fibered sphagnum moss used for air layers.

Norm

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