Anomiko wrote:Help, I have a bonsai emergency! I recently went on vacation for three weeks and left my house plants with a friend. I got them back the other day and now my basil is dead and my bonsai is turning yellow. Its a Hawaiian Umbrella with very big, pointed leaves that is not typical of most bonsais. I've raised this tree for 5 years and it would break my heart to see it die. Whole branches of leaves are turning yellow; the stems are still green and there are still some leaves that haven't turned yet.
I'll appreciate any information and help you can give me!! I've already re-potted it. I checked the roots and they were still white and healthy looking. The soil felt very cold and moist, like the bonsai hadn't absorbed any of the water. The same was the case with my basil. I don't know if they left it outside and it froze or what but my basil's leaves have all shriveled up.
Please tell me that my bonsai is still salvageable!!
Welcome to our Forum Anomiko,
First can you tell us if the soil in your pot drains well or when you water it does it stand a bit before being absorbed? If it drains well your Schefflera should be just fine.
It could be lack of nutrients that are causing the yellowing, but more likely it got a chill while you were away. They are tough trees but cannot be left in cold temps. or they can react as yours has.
Put it in a warm, nicely lit environment, let the leaves fall and let it get almost dry between waterings and you should see new leaves appear in a week or two.......maybe a bit longer.
I regularly defoliate my Scheffs. and many others do as well, to produce smaller leaves and more compact growth. They spring back stronger than ever over time.
So it could be that it got a chill or was over-watered, but I'm leaning toward the former.
You've had it quite a while. Are you feeding it? And if so what and how much?
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