I would like some advice on my Fukien Tea tree...
I have a problem (I think). I had a Fukien Tea about 20 years old or so that I acquired from a Bonsai Show here in Toronto. I keep in indoors facing a South West window where it gets alot of light. I have had this tree since the summer time, and it has been doing very very well, growing flowers and all.
Anyways, Just recently I went away for two weeks and a couple days. I left instructions with my sister on how to water the plant. Basically once a week until I came back. The tree seemed to be in perfect health, with shiny dark green leaves and white flowers.
Here is a picture of what it looks like now:
When I came back, the tree looked a mess. The leaves turned mostly brown and a pale green and are starting to limp at the top. The soil was really dry. I asked my sister if she watered the plant and she said that she did water it twice.
But here is what is worrying me....I scraped the bark at the top of the tree, even the middle and it is green which is a good sign. But then I scraped close to the soil line and the underlying bark is a much paler green, almost white. Does this mean my tree is dying?
One thing that also may be a factor is that for the past two weeks, we have been getting snow, so I think the tree maybe is not getting enough light? I don't know for sure because I wasnt here.
So I immersed the pot in water till bubbles stopped forming and I took it out and let it drain.
I don't understand how a tree can go from being so healthy to looking a mess in two weeks. Do I still have a chance to save my tree?
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