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Bonsai in the Rain Question

I have a new bonsai (Carmona)....I have been watering it with a watering can since I bought it (last thursday)....today I have put it outside because it is raining

Is this a good thing to do or not...advise please?

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Re: Bonsai in the Rain Question

Its sun it needs. Rain should not hurt it.
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Re: Bonsai in the Rain Question

tomc wrote:Its sun it needs. Rain should not hurt it.
thanks for the response....It is a indoor bonsai....it gets some sun thru the window....it is on the fireplace not on the window sil


I water the bonsai once a day and then once a week i submerge it in luke warm water for about 10 minutes...if anyone could give me some advice on other things which could benefit my bonsai please do?

many thanks in advance

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Re: Bonsai in the Rain Question

You didn't say where you are. If you are in cold winter country, your fukien tea needs to be indoors. In the growing season it should be outdoors.

Don't water it every day. Submerge it when the soil has dried out on top. Mist it in between. If you are keeping indoors, keep it on a humidity tray on a south facing windowsill. Even in winter, it does need light. If you want a bonsai to ornament your fireplace mantel, get a fake one. What you have is a living tree and needs to be treated like one.

See also

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/vi ... 31&t=53632

for what happened to someone else who watered their bonsai every day.
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In case it wasn't clear:

If you are in cold winter country, your fukien tea needs to be indoors .... IN WINTER.
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rainbowgardener wrote:You didn't say where you are. If you are in cold winter country, your fukien tea needs to be indoors. In the growing season it should be outdoors.

Don't water it every day. Submerge it when the soil has dried out on top. Mist it in between. If you are keeping indoors, keep it on a humidity tray on a south facing windowsill. Even in winter, it does need light. If you want a bonsai to ornament your fireplace mantel, get a fake one. What you have is a living tree and needs to be treated like one.

See also

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/vi ... 31&t=53632

for what happened to someone else who watered their bonsai every day.

thank you for your response

I live in the UK......Berkshire, South East Area


I water my Bonsai every day.....and once a week I submerge the Bonsai in luke warm water....I will read the above and thank you again


regards
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Re: Bonsai in the Rain Question

I have read a few things on the internet

misting my tree twice weekly and when the soil is dry submerge in water

also I will put my tree on the windowsil to get more sun

is there anything i need to feed my tree (apart from watering it), advice on this would be great?

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Yes since bonsai soil is not organic and has very little nutrients in it, and the tree is in a very small amount of soil, you will need to fertilize regularly. Any general purpose liquid fertilizer will do. Dilute it to half the strength suggested on the bottle and apply after you have watered, at least every month, maybe every other week in the growing season.
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rainbowgardener wrote:Yes since bonsai soil is not organic and has very little nutrients in it, and the tree is in a very small amount of soil, you will need to fertilize regularly. Any general purpose liquid fertilizer will do. Dilute it to half the strength suggested on the bottle and apply after you have watered, at least every month, maybe every other week in the growing season.

thank you I will get some fertilizer

I noticed today that some of the flowers have gone brown and I have removed them...is this natural that this happens?


thanx for any advice

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yup, natural, they bud, they bloom, they die.... Nothing lives forever, especially not little flower blossoms, sort of the definition of transient, ephemeral, evanescent....
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rainbowgardener wrote:yup, natural, they bud, they bloom, they die.... Nothing lives forever, especially not little flower blossoms, sort of the definition of transient, ephemeral, evanescent....

thats great....I have fertilized my bonsai today....thank you for all for this great advice :D

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