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Jun 8, 2020 6:41 PM CST
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Hello All! :)

I have several plants/trees in my office which I thought were bonsai, but posting this on a bonsai forum was reemed at for my lack of knowledge lol.. Anyway, hoping some of you may be able to help with some beginner style questions. For help in answering, I have a Money Tree / Brussel's Bonsai Golden Gate Ficus Bonsai / 5" succulent / 10" Yucca Cane Plant/ Bamboo tree (like 10 of them in one pot). Attached two photos to show them...

1. Is there a way to plant new plants from any of my current plants (outside of the bamboo)? And if so, how? Do I use the dead leaves, cut off branches or? I have several extra pots from 'failed' others that I want to plant in without needing to buy new seeds or live plants...

2. How much should I be watering these plants? Been doing every 1-2 weeks about half to quarter a 17 oz water of bottle per each, and 1.5 bottles for yucca cane. I always feel like I overwater - which was likely why others died. Now I am worried about underwatering (especially with the addition of new soil mentioned below). I have a soil reader but it is very hard to understand :/

3. When should I move these plants to a bigger pot / is office window light enough (they are in indirect sun light as you can see in photos). If moving outside, any tips to put in the ground?

3. Is it ok to use Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix for soil for all of them? After my recent death of 2-3 of my other plants, I decided to pull everything out and replant, also removing the dead pieces (like the Yucca Cane Plant, which had a much larger one that got soft and died, but one piece remained). After seeing the site tutorials, looks like I may not be doing right or need a foundation of rocks? Some of my pots do have holes in the bottom...

This is the soil I used from Home Depot:

Much appreciate your help on any and all my questions - sorry for so many! Trying to be a better green thumb over here in the limited time I have!

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Jun 8, 2020 8:00 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Welcome to the site!

Sure someone will be able to give you some good answers.

As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Jun 8, 2020 8:08 PM CST
Name: Baja
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Speaking only for the succulent: it needs more space (a slightly bigger pot, not a huge one) in in the near future. Do not water right after repotting; wait a week to water for the first time. For soil it would be best to avoid the moisture control mix, or combine it with an equal volume of perlite/pumice/gritty equivalent. The new pot should have holes at the bottom and be wider than deep (or underfill). Water well (to saturation, when water comes out the holes in the bottom) and then wait for the soil to go dry or almost dry at depth (not just at the surface) before watering again. Overwatering has to do with frequency, not quantity. Provide the maximum possible amount of sun if this plant will be indoors. You cannot provide too much natural light inside. Right in front of your sunniest southerly-facing window would be ideal.

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Jun 9, 2020 9:01 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
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The plants other than your succulent, do not need repotting and will fare better if their soil and roots are left alone.

Other than the Lucky Bamboo, none of them are easy to propagate. Better to focus on getting them all back to good health. Each plant is different and has different light and water requirements so don't try to treat them all the same. All are tropical plants that will not survive CT winters so keep them indoors.

Your braided Money Tree may be getting too much sun if that window is facing other than north. In general, it should be watered whenever the top half-inch of soil feels dry. Does its pot have a drain hole?

The Ficus bonsai appears to be healthy and prefers lots of sunlight. Does the pot have a drain hole? How often do you water it?

Your Yucca will do much better right in front of a sunny window. It also wants the soil to dry out about 2 inches deep into the soil before you give it just enough water so that it dries out similarly again in 1-2 weeks. Experiment to determine wat the right amount of water is. Better to err on the side of dryness with a Yucca. Its new growth does not look healthy and the roots may already be mostly dead from overwatering. It may not make it.

Your Lucky Bamboo is fine in that location and looks healthy. Keep the water level up high at all times by refilling the planter weekly.
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