cpike3
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I've inherited a beautiful tree, and some problems...

My mom had been growing and caring for this tree for a long time (now its probably 15 years old). She passed away in 2002, so my grandmother has been caring for it. She didnt really know what to do, and she couldnt take care of it anymore, so after 3 years or so, she told me to take it.

So I did.

I don't have any idea what I am doing. I have been reading around, and this site is full of amazing help! The problem is, I don't have any idea what kind of Bonsai this is. I have been noticing the brown/black rings around the bottom of the stem, and they worry me. I thought they might go away over time, but that isnt happening. It has recently started drooping alot, and that really has me worried. I thought the rings were a case of over watering, so I cut back on it. That obviously isnt helping.

It appears the plant is in the same pot it has been since it was bought, and that was placed inside of a earthware pot filled with rocks.

This plant really means a lot to me and my grandmother, and anything I can do to coax it back to its best would be done with enthusiasm.

Here are some pictures...If you need more, don't hesitate to ask!
https://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c206/cpike3/IMG_3042.jpg
https://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c206/cpike3/IMG_3041.jpg
https://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c206/cpike3/IMG_3040.jpg
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THANK YOU!

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Howdy

You are the proud owner of an Ming Aralia (Polyscias fruticosa). Generally a pretty easy plant, but this one has not been repotted in a long time. Does the bowl the pot is in have drainage? I'm betting not as the calcium deposits around the trunk lead me to believe it has not been getting good flow thru. It needs a repot and in this case I don't think we want to wait until spring.

Find a pot the size or the terra cotta it's sitting in now, one with drainage holes (buy a saucer or plastic humidity tray for it). Follow the potting directions listed in the bopnsai articles on this site, using a bonsai or cactus soil with some added peat. Water three times inside a two hour period and then wiat until the surface goes dry. This one is not that fond of overwatering...

Anything else pops up read this bit here and drop us a line...

[url]https://www.ext.vt.edu/departments/envirohort/factsheets/pottedplants/mingaral.html[/url]

Scott

cpike3
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I spoke with my Grandma about it, she seems to recall the inner pot has holes in the bottom, and it was watered through the outer pot. We had a housekeeper who probably watered the plant strait on the roots.

I would like to repot it, but wouldnt know where to begin. I read the link you posted, I wouldnt begin to know where to look for something like that?

So where can I find the proper soils or whatever to repot, and how exactly should I repot, since it seems the roots are wrapped around all the gravel.

Thanks,
Charlie

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On my site right here, my friend...

[url]https://www.helpfulgardener.com/bonsai/03/soil.html[/url]

Step by step instruction from the master...well, he was busy so I did it, but it's still good info... :lol:

Scott

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