Cap'n Lex
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What is this Bonsai (Chinese Elm)

Ahoy there my green fingered friends!
I have just bought my first Bonsai and I've come to realise its like owning a pet (with regards to care and attention) yey, but seriously I have just read up on things but still have no idea on what type it is. Can anyone help please. I need to know if daily watering is needed or every other day etc etc.[https://s338.photobucket.com/albums/n412/CapnLex/Bonsai/?action=view&current=Bonzai.jpg]I shall be root pruning and branch pruning as soon as the bonsai will allow, but I don't know when in the year is best for this type or what mixture of soil to use. Can you tell I'm new to this? lol. Any suggestions would be great.
Cheers Bukko's.
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Can you get a close up of the leaves. Tentatively, but with a strong probability, I think it's a Fukien Tea.

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Here's the picture link https://s338.photobucket.com/albums/n412/CapnLex/Bonsai/?action=view&current=DSCF0324.jpg
And just incase it isn't clear in this one, the leaves don't have a waxy surface so I'm not so sure its a Fukien Tea (at least as far as the other google images suggest, but who knows??). Hopefully you do!!

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Cap'n Lex,

To my eye your tree is almost certainly a Chinese Elm. The leaves are a bit atypical but leaves can vary considerably.
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You have a lot of questions and rather than repeat things that have been said numerous times I would refer you to the sticky threads located at the top of the forum. There are tips on watering, re-potting and proper bonsai soils which, by the way, are not at all similar to conventional potting soil that you may be familiar with.

If it were my tree I would be re-potting it ASAP to get it out of the horrible soil these commercial trees come in. Spring is much safer though unless you have experience re-potting other things and are feeling adventurous.

Don't rush into anything, re-potting into inappropriate soil is not much better than leaving it as it is. Read the stickies (make sure to follow the links) and if you have specific questions later do not hesitate to inquire further.

Norm

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Thank you for the ident, since posting this thread i have found out tonnes of stuff related to the Chinese Elm and Bonsai in general. Your ident has confirmed my hesitant thoughts. I shall be repotting soon as its current soil isn't fit to be buried in, thanks again for the help chaps, fare thee well for now.
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Drats. That was my second guess. ;)

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