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H E L P me id my new Bonsai

Can someone help me id my new bonsai please?? I'm tring to post photos but I can't!! :(

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LA17,
Your photos need to be hosted somewhere. [ IE: Image Shack ] Then you can put a link to them in your post.

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I've postedthe pic

Hello!!! with some great help from my special cousin Leeandra I managed to post the photos. I hope they help!!! I'm going nuts trying to id my bonsai! Thanks a million :D

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Lava Angel,

This tree bears a strong resemblence to a Chinese Elm but there is something in the back of my mind nagging at me. The internodes, (distance between leaves on the stems), seem rather long. It may have been grown under low light conditions which can cause a lengthening of the internodes.

Another possibility is Zelkova serrata, also known as Japanese Grey Bark Elm. Can you inquire where it was purchased for a definitive identification?

The soil looks to be rather heavy on the peat, be careful with your watering practices. Allow the soil to approach dryness before watering thoroughly. Is the tree being kept inside or out?

Norm

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to me it looks like a chinese elm.

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Re bonsai

Hi Gnome,

Thanks for your reply. :) It's being kept outside.I live in Malta and the current tep is 27c. It gets 2hrs of full sunlight between 9am-11pm. About the peat maybe they plant them in it cause of the heat over here??? :shock: Cause maybe other types of soil dry out quicly over here. It has roots sticking out of the peat, do you think i should repot later on?? It the 2nd bonsai I've owned, One died :cry: It was a Fukien tree and I had it for 7 months. It died due to the heat 32c and I underwatered it. It had bloomed lovely white flowers. :cry:

Thanks Angela

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Angela,

Here is a link to your other thread before it falls into the ocean of threads.
https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3238&highlight=
I think your last tree was over watered. If the soil was anything like what's in this one I bet it never dried out.
I am curious, With your previous tree was your soil often dry? [Bone dry hard ? or just moist?]
I thought it was a Zelkova myself, But I have neither of these species....Yet 8)

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under watered

Hello... Ynot

The first tree I had was under watered. The soil would be very dry ( bone dry).
Also please note :( that the pic were taken just after I had watered it.

Thanks Angela

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Re: under watered

lava_angel_17 wrote:Hello... Ynot

The first tree I had was under watered. The soil would be very dry ( bone dry).
Ah, Good to know...Well, Not good actually but you know what I mean.[img]https://img227.imageshack.us/img227/4579/017mm4.gif[/img]
Also please note :( that the pic were taken just after I had watered it.

Thanks Angela
Understood, It does look like it just had a drink. :)

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A word about Sphagnum Moss

In bonsai often you will hear people talk of 'Sphagnum Moss' or also 'Peat Moss' or a combined name at times.

This can be confusing because there are more than one single product called this. They function in different ways as a soil amendment though.

One tye of peat moss you may have seen in bags at your gardencenter consists of very fine particles almost like dust in fact.
This type is difficult to get wet and stays wet for a very long time.
Due to it's particle size being so small it also inhibits drainage and aeration.
This is the wrong type for your bonsai.

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Another kind is 'Spagnum Moss' or often called 'Orchid Moss' and found near the orchid supplies.
It looks like the picture here though you are more likely to see it in a package about half the size of a loaf of bread.
If it is stringy, Just chop it up with some scissors It need not be tiny pieces.

[url=https://imageshack.us][img]https://img209.imageshack.us/img209/9127/sphanummossfe6.jpg[/img][/url]

This is the right stuff:D . It retains moisture yet will dry, It allows for air spaces in you soil [roots need air and water]=provides good aeration, and does not impede drainage. This is an excellent choice for an organic component to your soil.
See previous links for more info on soils and their composition.
It will help to lessen the risk of overwatering [Though that is up to you] And be doing your trees a favor :D
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Thanks :)

Hi everyone,

I want to say a big thank you to all of you!! Thanks for your help. You've given me a good idea! Thanks :D Angela

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