Ask a Question forum: Bonsai Podocarpus brown tips

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abik
Sep 17, 2017 9:20 AM CST
Hi, i received a bonsai podocarpus last week and was told to fill a half liter waterbottle 75 % and keep watering it for 5 days. every 5 days repeat. Is this correct? I have found some brown tips on my tree that i'm currently cutting off to see if it's from the previous owner or if i'm watering it too much.

As you can see in the image some of the leaves are brown at the tip.
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also, i use this type of pot where i refill the water from the bottom. i was told to refill it till it's almost spilling whenever i don't see it full.
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please help me, this is a beautiful bonsai and i would hate to see it whither away on my watch.

Also, i keep it near the window, but my apartment does not receive so much light.

thank you in advance
- abraham

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WillC
Sep 19, 2017 1:53 PM CST
Your Podocarpus does need quite a bit of natural light; very bright indirect if not direct. If it does not get enough light, it will decline no matter what else you do.

You were given very odd watering instructions that I do not understand. I suggest that you simply pour water very slowly over the surface until some water trickles through into the tray. Most bonsai setups do just fine with a thorough top watering once per week.
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DaisyI
Sep 19, 2017 2:12 PM CST
I suspect that gravel in the top of the pot is glued in place and impervious to water.
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WillC
Sep 19, 2017 5:00 PM CST
Good point, Daisy, although it doesn't look glued to me. If it is, it will have to be pried off so it can be watered and aerated properly.
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