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08/07/2014 at 17:06


Hello, I bought grow your own bonsai tree from amazon, its about 3/4 years old ......could anybody please tell me what sort of tree it is and maybe could anyone offer any advise ....... I just water it and  feed it with some bonsai food on occasion.......


08/07/2014 at 18:34

Hi i not sure what it is but it looks a bit like a beech

08/07/2014 at 18:41

My first thought too

Bonsai are absolutely fascinating......can quickly become addictive......would advise a good book giving basic techniques and care............alternatively, there are many localised Bonsai Clubs and Societies or plenty of information online I imagine. 

You will eventually want to repot, root prune, shape, etc.  I assume you are keeping it outside and just brought indoors for photo ?

Looks a healthy little tree anyway

08/07/2014 at 18:41
Could be a beech or a hornbeam. Please tell us that it usually lives outdoors...
08/07/2014 at 18:43

08/07/2014 at 18:46

Hi , it lives indoors on my kitchen window sill all year round .......

08/07/2014 at 18:50
I can only presume it is a cold window sill that doesn't get a lot of sun. Outdoor trees like outdoor conditions whatever their size. Some protection may be required in winter to save the roots being frosted.
08/07/2014 at 18:59

Hi Cp

Try Beech, Small Leaf Lime, and London Plane they have serrated leaves


08/07/2014 at 18:59

CP........IGrow is right...........if it is a Bonsai form of an "outdoor" tree, it will require the same conditions as its larger cousins........bearing in mind the need to protect the roots from severe conditions (hot sun....when we get well as frost)

How long have you had this one ?

You can get some nice "indoor" specimens if that was what you really wanted.

08/07/2014 at 19:25

I've had it about 4 years does get the midday sun and I have to water it every day , and then in the winter it is quite a cold window sill by open window and it does shed its leaves ........when is the best time to prune a bonsai tree?

08/07/2014 at 19:44

Hi Cp

There is something bothering me with this Bonsai, are you sure that it is 3/4 years old

When I look at the electrical switch behind the tree, that leaf is a very large leaf for a bonsai especially after 3/4 years of root pruning they should be a lot smaller

I also look at the first picture, coming from the trunk at the bottom is one branch, yet the fourth picture shows two branches from the the right and one to left centre is there only one tree

 You say you bought it from amazon did they not give you the name of the tree

08/07/2014 at 19:57

what do you mean by root pruning ...... I've never done that ....this is what I bought

there was a selection of seeds and this is the only one that took .........

yes the leaves are quite big on this years new growth .........

08/07/2014 at 20:07

Bonsai is quoite a complex art. Not one I have.  I've seen demos of the top and root pruning required. You need a good book, video of something to find out how to do the necessary pruning to achieve a bonsai. The seeds will just be tree seeds, it's the treatment you give them that makes them into bonsai.

That's a baby tree that could be turned into a bonsai or a forest tree, depending on what happens to it.

08/07/2014 at 22:13

If this Bonsai came from Japan it might be Zelkove serrata, a relative of the Elms which is a popular choice for bonsai over there. The foliage is very like hornbeam.

09/07/2014 at 09:22
Besides root pruning it is common to leaf prune too and the tree then puts out smaller leaves. This is not done at one time as the tree needs to photosynthesise (sp)... Root pruning is done so the tree does not become too vigorous and so that the tree can be placed in the selected pot. Root pruning creates fibrous roots rather than a tap root and others. Whilst doing this the tree is using energy creating the fibrous roots which also stunts the top growth.
Bonsai is an art form using nature and can be very time consuming.
09/07/2014 at 10:09

Here is a birch sapling I found growing in the garden in 2010 and decided to try to bonsai it.  From the above comments I think I need to prune the top growth now.  The roots are cut regularly and it is watered every day and fed once a week.  I love the moss that has grown (came naturally).



09/07/2014 at 10:12

Sorry to jump in on your thread CP.


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