PS. where can I go to get to a forum on cactus? I have a miniture cactus that died for a while (it was a cheap $2.50 one, lol) and we were gonna thro it out (thats probably y I don't give up too easy anymore) but its now thriving kinda. I just want to know what happened so it doesn't happen again.
Sorry, I have no clue. Google it and I am sure you will get plenty of ideas.
Can you tell me a bit about your watering habits because this guy dried out
IMO- From here, with the information I am working with...Yep.
did you say it dried out? so I... didnt feed it enough or I fed it too much do u think??
It wasn't 'food' it was water
- Or lack of it actually.
Bonsai very very very very rarely die of LACK of food...lol.
Watering mistakes are by far the most common cause of deaths [Especially amongst rookies-Don't take that the wrong way. Tree deaths are a large part of the learning curve. It has been famously said by John Naka ~ 'Dead trees are the tuition you pay for doing bonsai'.]
I think the soil I had was fine, no the pebbles were not glued down, just a layer of pebbles then the soil. thanks for the pics of soil, I looked at them all and there was one that looked just like the soil I had.
um.. Ok, If it had 'proper' soil like that it would require frequent waterings [especially in your hot climate and especially as your soil was not particularly moisture retentive by the sounds of it [Would need a better picture of the actual soil.]
This means your tree would need to be checked for moisture daily
[at an absolute minimum]. Yes checked every single day and twice daily in summer [No kidding]. Did you do this? how often were you watering? were you completely saturating the soil at each required watering? [Which is when it is just moist.]
I got that bonsai from a little stall in the shops and it came with that pot and that soil, as well as instructions. we followed them as best we could but I guess that wasn't enough.
See the above questions and tell abit about the instructions, As you know... Watering IE: is not nearly as straightforward and simple as most would think.
Good on ya
yer I think we might still try watering it daily just in case there is still some life and its just EXTREMO thirsty. as u can see I am not the kinda person to give up easily, especcially with plants that I love.
One note of caution is that 'watering every day' is not the way to go about it' ~ CHECK it every day and IF IT NEEDS water...then water it. [If it's dead as I suspect it won't use much at all actually, But do give it a go>
thankyou SO much for your help, you sure do know a LOT about bonsai trees, you have been great.
Not really, I have just killed more trees than you is all ~ It comes with the territory
Read up a bunch on these two sites [And [This is KEY] - research others] and get more trees
, They will help you out heaps:
Your welcome, glad I could help, Don't forget to read the rest of the inspiration thread