SarahJean1976
Newly Registered
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Jul 17, 2015 2:05 am

Chinese Elm leaving curling and now drying and turning brown

I am not sure what is going on with her! She is right where she's always been... but her leaves the other night I noticed were curling, so I took her in and soaked her... the next day I noticed the leaves were dying... PLEASE help!
Attachments
1437098886970-1979037630.jpg

User avatar
Gnome
Mod
Posts: 5122
Joined: Wed Jul 05, 2006 4:17 am
Location: Western PA USDA Zone 6A

Re: Chinese Elm leaving curling and now drying and turning b

SarahJean1976,

Was it allowed to go dry a little too long perhaps? If so that might be the problem.

User avatar
GardeningCook
Greener Thumb
Posts: 787
Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:35 am
Location: Upper Piedmont area of Virginia, Zone 7a

Re: Chinese Elm leaving curling and now drying and turning b

I agree. Don't where you're located, but this time of year in most of the U.S. is prime time for outdoor containerized plants to require extra due diligence as far as watering. Although I do check each pot individually every day, unless we get a rainstorm, I find that this time of year in Virginia my bonsai require almost daily watering.

All may not be lost with your elm. While it may end up losing all of its current leaves, if you caught the watering issue in time (& if that WAS the reason) & correct it, it may very well spring back with a fresh leaf crop. However, this may take quite a while, so you'll need to be patient.
My body is a temple. Unfortunately, it's a fixer-upper.

Demosouthpaw
Cool Member
Posts: 98
Joined: Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:57 pm
Location: Central Florida
Contact: Website

Re: Chinese Elm leaving curling and now drying and turning b

SarahJean1976 wrote:I am not sure what is going on with her! She is right where she's always been... but her leaves the other night I noticed were curling, so I took her in and soaked her... the next day I noticed the leaves were dying... PLEASE help!

Good evening OP,

I see slight discoloration around the leaf edges, when was the last time you fertilized your tree? And how often are you watering? What kind of soil is it in? If your soil PH is off that can vastly limit nutrient uptake. And lastly are you certain it is a Chinese Elm? Siberian Elms look similar and are notorious for random branch die backs and leaf dropping. Feel free to PM me with any questions.



-Jonathan

Return to “BONSAI FORUM”