kooper35
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What kind of bonsai is this? Bought it at my supermarket

I bought a bonzie tree from my local supermarket. That in its self probably isn't a good start but hey for £4 even if its a dud it isn't a big loss :) The box wasn't in the slightest bit informative and as of yet I don't know what species it is, if its indoor or outdoor, what to feed it or how much to water it. I was wondering if anyone could help identify my tree for me?

[img]https://i.imgur.com/rpKPw.jpg[/img]

Thankyou kindly

John

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Chinese Elm, outdoor, may need minimal protection in winter. Never water to schedule, only as needed. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer at around 5-5-5 once per week, or use a 10-10-10 at half strength, also once per week during growing season. Once per month or not at all is fine in dormancy. I like to use 365 day slow release pellets in spring so that by the time dormancy rolls around they're about spent and no further fert is really needed at all. Begin fertilizing again as new buds break in Spring (and replenish pellets if used).

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kooper35,

Agree with kdodds.
Chinese Elm, outdoor, may need minimal protection in winter. Never water to schedule
Just to emphasize, with heavy soil like that your biggest challenge is going to be managing watering properly. Soil like that will retain water so never water 'just because'

Check out what we have been calling the chopstick method.
https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1479

Also, this may be of interest to you.
https://www.bonsai4me.com/Basics/Basicsdevelopingmallsai.htm
Look familiar?

BTW, that is a pretty nice little tree for what you paid.

Norm

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thankyou both very much. its a shame that tree's outdoors as my intention was to have it as a window piece. nevermind.. those links made for some good reading. thanks again

John

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You MIGHT and only a very BIG MIGHT be able to get away with keeping it indoors. Most can't, not long term anyway. Your chances will be better if you have an unheated room to put it in for winter.

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