Hello, I have started the process of pre-planting potential Bonsai trees, Acer Rubrum and Pinus Mugo Pumilio. I have followed instructions to place my soaked seeds into the compost provided and placed them into perforated bags and will have to wait 2 - 3 weeks. Am I correct in saying I need to water the seeds if the compost seems dry? The booklet says nothing about watering during this time.
It should remain slightly moist at all times for best results. Make sure not to over-water these. But don't let them dry out fully either.
Here is an article to help with bonzai care after they have sprouted: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/bonsai/first-bonsai.htm
I did a scratch test on my Juniper bonsai, and all under the bark is red. What does this mean? The leaves on the bonsai in some parts are also starting to yellow/brown, what should I do?
This is the natural color of this bark. The needles appear to be a normal shedding process; from the inside of the branch.
I am looking to create bonsai from wild material
Here is a collection of articles that will help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/bonsai
My bonsai instructions say to propagate my seeds in pots of peat pellets inside a plastic sandwich bag for 14-21 days then put plants in fridge to stratify for varied times according to seed type. Anyway I have 2 seedlings sprouting during propagation. I'm assuming these don't go in the fridge to stratify, so what do I do? Please help before they die off.
You may plant these into your bonsai container at this time. This collection of articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/bonsai
My bonsai was doing just fine until the leaves gradually started dropping off. I had moved it from one room to another and soon after is took a downhill turn. It has now lost all its leaves and looks to me as if it may have died. Do you think this looks like the case? I have attached a photo for your opinion.
It may just have dropped its leaves due to stress, or it has gone into winter dormancy. Only the tropical and subtropical bonsai should be kept indoors. If it's a deciduous tree or conifer it should be outdoors, unless a severe frost is forecast.
You can scrape off a little of a branch to see if it is green underneath. If it is green, it is still alive.
Here is more information:
I just received a Bonsai tree and need to know how and when to water it. I can't tell how dry it is because it is so tight in the container.
A moisture meter might help. Here is an article that will introduce bonsai care, along with offering links to other articles of interest for bonsai culture as well. This can be found here: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/bonsai/first-bonsai.htm
I was given a bonsai tree as a gift about 3 months ago. I believe it is Juniper. It has sharp and needle-like leaves and had a green/blue color when I got it. I was wrong about where I placed it. It did not receive enough sunlight. I noticed it when it started to turn yellow. I put it outside but it is not reviving and after a week of being outdoors it is still yellow color. Every time I touch it, it loses some leaves. I know I was not wrong with my watering. I live in San Diego California. The climate is somewhat humid and usually between 68-74 degrees around this time of the year. Please help me.
Bonsai are best grown outdoors. It may be too late for this bonsai, but this article will help if you get another: