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lavera2000
Dec 9, 2017 1:26 PM CST
Hello
What is wrong with my bonsai tree, because leafs are turning brown and falling of.
What can I do to solve this problem?
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WillC
Dec 9, 2017 3:35 PM CST
Your bonsai appears to be a Ficus species, but it is hard to tell from the photo. Did they tell you what it was? It is important to know so you know how much light and water it requires.

Does the bottom of the container have drain holes?
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Slovenia, Ljubljana
lavera2000
Dec 9, 2017 3:43 PM CST
Yes it is ficus.
At the bottom are drain holes.
Slovenia, Ljubljana
lavera2000
Dec 9, 2017 3:47 PM CST
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When I got it it look like this
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WillC
Dec 9, 2017 6:06 PM CST
From the original photo, I see that prior to your acquiring it the plant had not received as much light as it should have and it had not been pruned, as it should have been.

I suspect that the primary cause of the leaf drop is that it has not been getting enough light, although improper watering may also be a factor.

Move the plant as close to the window as possible. If you have an even sunnier window, move it there for maximum sunlight especially at this time of year with short days.

As soon as the surface of the soil feels dry, water evenly and thoroughly enough until you see some water trickle through the drain holes. Water again when the soil surface is dry.

Prune back all of the stems that have dead tips or have bare sections. Pruning will cause no harm and it will get it back to looking healthier, fuller and more compact. With improved light wand watering, new growth should be healthy. For best results prune it back regularly. Bonsais are not meant to grow large.
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briangardner69
Dec 21, 2017 11:32 AM CST
Well, it's been about a month or so now since I last watered my Bonsai, and the leaves continue to fall off, and as can be seen from the photo, there are not many left.
Should I just " saturate "it completely , and then drain off all excess water ? I'm getting desperate as nothing thy I do seems to work .
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DaisyI
Dec 21, 2017 12:01 PM CST
A month! You do need to water once in awhile.

I had to go back to your original thread to remember what was happening. Can you post your photo and question in that thread?

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tarev
Dec 21, 2017 12:40 PM CST
Maybe it needs more light. I put my bonsai Ficus microcarpa ginseng near our window, near enough but not touching the window since the window will be cold. I still water it, but like every two weeks. Our heater is running, so it gets to dry out nicely. Winter time light levels are just so weak, so as close to the window, not behind the curtain, but not touching the glass if you can.
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Shy_gardener
Dec 21, 2017 1:35 PM CST
Hello Laverna 2000 and Welcome,

I believe it's a Fukien Tea, They DON'T like to dry out,
can't stand drafts or cold, and love lots of bright bright light.

It should grow back, with thorough waterings, & reduced
(1/8-1/4) strength feedings. You really have to drench them
and let them drain dry, then drench them again when starting
to dry. They can't sit in water or it will rot quickly.

The more you keep them trimmed back to the shape
you want them the thicker they will become...

As with most Bonsai trees, you don't see the effects
of the under watering, overwatering, starving,
etc. until some time after it happened.

@briangardner69, Can't really tell by you pic? Is this a
floor size tree? If that pot has an attached saucer and
it were mine, I'd get it in a pot with good drainage (or
separate the saucer from being attached to the pot), and
start drenching it, then let it drain dry, allow it to dry, then
drench it again. It may also need to have some new more
open draining soil. Leaves can always
grow back as long as the tree itself is healthy.

And like us, they need water & food to survive...








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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 21, 2017 1:40 PM CST
Shy_gardener said:
@briangardner69, Can't really tell by you pic? Is this a
floor size tree? If that pot has an attached saucer and
it were mine, I'd get it in a pot with good drainage (or
separate the saucer from being attached to the pot), and
start drenching it, then let it drain dry, allow it to dry, then
drench it again. It may also need to have some new more
open draining soil. Leaves can always
grow back as long as the tree itself is healthy.

And like us, they need water & food to survive...


Donna, go back to Brian's original post. That has been discussed and re-discussed. Let's deal with Lavera2000's problem in this thread.

Have a lovely day!

Daisy

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WillC
Dec 21, 2017 3:40 PM CST
Brian - If your bonsai can go a month before the soil surface dries, then it must be in a very cool, dim location, which I do not believe it is. You need to water more often.

Your plant looks much improved from the original photo, so you seem to be on the right track. I suspect it may continue to lose older leaves, but as long as it is producing now healthy leaves that don't fall, then you are okay.

Provide as light as possible, as tarev indicated. When you water always water thoroughly until you see some water run through the drain holes. Yes, that will saturate the soil. Water it again when the surface of the soil feels dry to the touch. I'm sure that will happen in less than a month.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 21, 2017 7:14 PM CST
We seem to have completely hijacked this thread from Lavera2000. Sighing!

Brian, your plant is losing new leaves, a good sign you have gone from swamp conditions to desert conditions. Now its too dry.
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tofitropic
Dec 22, 2017 2:35 AM CST
lavera2000 said:Thumb of 2017-12-09/lavera2000/966e4e

When I got it it look like this


@lavera2000 I am sure your plant is not a ficus (note those flowers). I think it could be a Fukien tea tree (Ehretia microphylla/Carmona retusa), also common as bonsai.
Not sure I can offer much helps, other than suggesting ID, but I am sure it would behave differently compares to figs (if this is indeed Carmona retusa (not Ficus retusa) Smiling )

Wikipedia said" Carmona retusa is a shrub growing to 4 m height, with long, straggling, slender branches. It is deciduous during the dry season."
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tofitropic
Dec 22, 2017 3:49 AM CST
[quote="Shy_gardener"]Hello Laverna 2000 and Welcome,

I believe it's a Fukien Tea, They DON'T like to dry out,


Sorry, I didn't notice that it has all ready been suggested by "Shy_gardener", that the plant looks like Fukien tea tree Smiling
then I second her

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