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Old 16-03-2015, 10:11 AM
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Hi, my daughter was given an olive tree bonzai for her Christmas which is sadly dying. It has white marks on the leaves and is at the end of it's life now, I think.
I want to replace it with a tree that will last for the next 20 years that she can look back on knowing that she has had it since a child. I am a novice for bonzai's.
What reasonably priced tree would be a good option?
Thanks in advance

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Old 17-03-2015, 04:33 PM posted to rec.arts.bonsai
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First of all, it is spelled bonsai.
I suggest before you buy another bonsai, try to figure out what went wrong with the first one. Where were you keeping it? An olive tree is not a good choice for a beginner's bonsai.
Consider whether you want a tropical or temperate tree. The easiest temperate tree for beginners is Chinese elm, Ulmus parvifolia. Go to a reputable bonsai nursery. Do NOT buy one from anyone who tells you it is an indoor tree; it is not. You can easily find care instructions online. Start with Bonsai4me.com. You will keep it outdoors from spring to fall. In the winter you must keep it in a cool sheltered spot where it can go dormant.
The easiest indoor tree is a Ficus. Again, buy one from a reputable bonsai nursery, not a garden centre or supermarket. Keep it outdoors in full sun spring, summer, and fall. Most Ficus will be all right on a SUNNY windowsill for the winter. Under fluorescent lights is better. Contact your nearest bonsai club for more help.
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Old 26-03-2015, 01:59 PM
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Thanks Iris,
There is a bonsai tree specialist about 30 miles from where we live, I will take my daughter for a trip this Easter and get her an outdoor tree that is more suitable.
I wish I had kept the receipt from the garden centre as a couple of months for a bonsai is rather sad.
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First of all, it is spelled bonsai.
I suggest before you buy another bonsai, try to figure out what went wrong with the first one. Where were you keeping it? An olive tree is not a good choice for a beginner's bonsai.
Consider whether you want a tropical or temperate tree. The easiest temperate tree for beginners is Chinese elm, Ulmus parvifolia. Go to a reputable bonsai nursery. Do NOT buy one from anyone who tells you it is an indoor tree; it is not. You can easily find care instructions online. Start with Bonsai4me.com. You will keep it outdoors from spring to fall. In the winter you must keep it in a cool sheltered spot where it can go dormant.
The easiest indoor tree is a Ficus. Again, buy one from a reputable bonsai nursery, not a garden centre or supermarket. Keep it outdoors in full sun spring, summer, and fall. Most Ficus will be all right on a SUNNY windowsill for the winter. Under fluorescent lights is better. Contact your nearest bonsai club for more help.
Iris
 




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