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Tips on taking care of my new Fukien Tea Bonsai

Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:20 pm
by gpanyam
I am new to this forun and new to Bonsai, though I have been facinated by it for quite some time. I recently purchased a Fukien Tea Bonsai tree from Costco (yes, Costco of all the places). It came in a huge wavey container so I felt compelled to repot it in a proper Bonsai container. It seems to have tolerated the repotting OK but I do have some leaf fall. I have been losing about 5 to 6 leaves average per day since the repotting. I am not sure if this is normal and would like some comments. I am taking care to place in indoors in a place where it gets proper sunlight and am also watering it about once in 2 days. Any useful tips/comments welcome.

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:53 am
by bonsaiboy
When bonsai are moved it is natural for them to drop a few leafs. If this goes on though, you may have a problem. It should start to put out new leafs after there done falling.

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:29 am
by gpanyam
Thank you for the response. I will just watchi it for a while and see if it goes away.
I have a related question - about watering. I am seeing conflicting suggestion on watering Fukien Tea, but most sites seem to suggest the soil should be allowed to get slightly dry before watering. Is this the correct approach? Right now I am keeping the soil moist all the time.

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:51 pm
by arboricola

You can exspect some leaf drop after a repot. Keep the soil moist but not wet. Do not let the tree dry out as it will lose all it's leaves and they don't recover well.


I also have a FuKien Tea.

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:47 pm
by bonsaidavid
Sounds like you're doing well, check out this website...
It has everything you need to know.

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:24 pm
by gpanyam
Yes,looks like it is getting much better now. I also added a humidity tray that seems to help.

Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:03 pm
by japanpsyhic
For my Fukien Tea, I just chekc the surface of the soil w/ my finger, if its dry, I give it SOME water. Not a ton. Works for me! :D