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Chinese Elm Bonsai Care

Welcome to our Chinese Elm bonsai care guide! This is the right place to learn how to take care of your bonsai tree. Below you’ll find further information and tips to help your Chinese Elm bonsai grow healthy.

 

Chinese Elm Care Guide

The Chinese Elm bonsai tree is a beautiful bonsai tree species, and one of the most popular Elm trees. The Chinese Elm is also often referred to as Ulmus Parvifolia and in its native environment, it can reach impressive heights of up to 25 meters!

This is a perfect bonsai tree for beginners as it’s slow growing and undemanding. It features a distinctive and rather beautiful grey/red brown bark that matures as it grows. It’s fresh green leaves are small and oval in shape.

Chinese Elm is a great tree to learn pruning, wiring and bonsai potting techniques on. Along with great tips on Chinese Elm bonsai care, we also offer excellent bonsai trees of various ages and sizes.

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How To Care for a Chinese Elm Bonsai

Below you can find all the information you need to grow a healthy, beautiful Chinese Elm bonsai. From placement to watering and pruning, we have covered all of the questions you may have in regards to Chinese Elm bonsai care.

What is the best placement for Your Chinese Elm bonsai tree

The placement of your bonsai tree is an important factor when it comes to its growth. The Chinese Elm thrives when it has plenty of sun shining on it. But it does also need partial shade so it doesn’t burn. Near a window that gains a lot of natural sunlight is the perfect place for it!

During the summer, you can place it outdoors and have it soak up the sun, but again, with the right amount of shade. In the winter months, it’s not recommended to keep them outside. A general rule to follow is if the temperature drops below 15 degrees then bring your beloved bonsai indoors to be safe.

What Temperature is suitable for Chinese Elm bonsais

Chinese Elm bonsai can endure colder temperatures but do not prefer them. Because it’s a tropical bonsai tree, there’s a reason it enjoys and thrives off sunlight! Most Chinese Elm trees prefer temperatures between 15-20 degrees Celsius.

Watering your Chinese Elm Bonsai

To water your Chinese Elm bonsai, you need to wait until the soil is dry, and then water generously to ensure the roots are well covered so they can soak the water up. A good tip to use to check if your bonsai needs water, is to stick half an inch of your finger in the soil. If you don’t feel much moisture, then it’s time to water your bonsai.

Letting the soil be dry for too long is not a good sign, so check on it every few days. During the winter season, you don’t need to water it as much because it requires less water. Watering cycles will vary, but by observing your bonsai you’ll be able to pick things up pretty quickly.

Chinese Elm Bonsai Pruning

The Chinese Elm bonsai does require frequent trimming and maintenance as it thickens relatively quickly. If you’re a complete beginner and not familiar with the term ‘pruning’, it refers to the process of cutting away dead or overgrown branches in order to promote healthy plant growth.

As a general guide, you should allow the shoot to extend four nodes before pruning it to one or two leaves. You can usually hold the shoots with one hand and cut them with the other. If you’re looking to shape your Chinese elm bonsai, you can use bonsai wire to give it a neat makeover when required.

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