Bonsai - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jprice73
January 27, 2010
My bonsai's leaves are turning yellow and falling off. Why? Also, when I purchased it three months ago it had a sort of glued together pebble mulch. How do I get rid of it without hurting the plant?

Answer from NGA
January 27, 2010
Yellowing and dropping leaves might be normal for your plant. The oldest (lowest) leaves are often shed as the plant develops healthy new foliage. Or, it might indicate overwatering or lack of sufficient light. It would help us to know the name of the plant so we can provide information on the plant's growing needs (light, water, temperature, etc.). The glue on the top of the soil/pebbles is sprayed on before the plants are shipped to help keep the soil in place. You can dissolve it by setting the entire pot in a container of water for 20-25 minutes. Be sure to allow the pot to drain well and don't water the plant again until the soil begins to dry out. Good luck with your bonsai.

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