How to Prune a Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree

How to Prune a Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree

The Chinese Elm is one of the most common species sold as Indoor bonsai, although they can also be grown as Outdoor bonsai. In fact, they grow better as Outdoor bonsai.

If grown indoors, they like to be kept in a cool room and should be kept on a window sill where it will get lots of light. It is quite common with Chinese elms to lose some leaves when they are moved to a new location. The leaves will turn yellow and fall but new leaves will soon grow.

They prefer a cool room like most indoor bonsai and the soil should be kept moist at all times. Water generously whenever you water the tree, as insufficient water is one of the most common causes of failure. Spraying the soil with a hand spray is NOT enough. Use a water bottle or hose pipe to drench the tree when you water. If the tree sheds its leaves, it could be due to insufficient light or lack of water.

Sometimes they can get an infestation of White fly or Red spider mite. If you see these pests, use any insecticide to get rid of them. You can also try jetting them off with a hose pipe.

If you have a problem growing it Indoors – keep the tree outdoors and it will thrive.
Some of our customers have grown this species very successfully for over twenty years!

The Elm can stand a wide temperature range from minus 10C to the mid-30s as in their native habitat in China. So it is a very hardy species.



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Bonsai Branch Bender

This bender is very helpful as you become more advanced in bonsai. This tool is very adjustable and will easily handle tree trunks up to an inch. They are very low priced and can be left in place. I did a short demo video on this bender. Watch the Bonsai Branch Bender demo video.

Bonsai Knob Cutters

A good pair of Bonsai Knob Cutters is essential for advanced bonsai artistry. These tools are great for gettting in close and removing small buds, branchs, gins, and inperfections. This is a high quality pair and is made from carbon steel.

Bonsai Tweezers

This is probably not the first bonsai tool I would buy, but it sure comes in handy. There is always something small, like a bud or a bug that needs to be grabbed. This type is good because there is a blade tool on the opposite end. This can be used to loosen the plant from the edge of a pot.

Bonsai Leaves Branch Shears

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Bonsai Knife

A good sharp Bonsai Knife is one of the most important tools you can have. There are so many uses that I can't even list them all. You just need it there when it is needed.

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