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NEWBIES: Fukien, Elm, Ficus, Juniper HELP here 4 years 3 months ago #34686

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Perhaps 80% of the new posts in this forum are from beginners asking the same questions over and over again. The tree is dying, you don't know what your tree is, leaves are falling/brown/wrinkled/yellow/none, there is "white stuff" around the trunk/soil/leaves, soil looks weird, there are glued pebbles and fake moss on top of the soil, or someone told you to dunk your bonsai in a sink every other week to water it (don't do it!).
If this is your case, read below and follow the links before asking for help; chances are your question is exactly the same others already asked, and the answers can be found either on the Empire site, or searching the Empire forum for a problem similar to yours.
To SEARCH this forum, click and add your keywords here:
www.bonsaiempire.com/forum/search
-To IDENTIFY your plant: If you are not sure what tree you have, follow the three links below:
www.bonsaiempire.com/tree-species
www.bonsaiempire.com/tree-species/bonsai-identification
www.bonsaiempire.com/forum/search?query=...ildforums=1&catids=1

If after all you didn't find the answer you've been looking for, then ask.
There are many people in this forum willing to help!


*MALLSAI are the young trees sold in supermarkets and department stores labeled as bonsai.
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NEWBIES: Fukien, Elm, Ficus, Juniper HELP here 4 years 3 months ago #34687

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- Fukien Tea Tree (Carmona) care: How to care for your tree; Follow the link below:
www.bonsaiempire.com/tree-species/carmona
- Fukien Tea Tree (Carmona) issues: Dying, yellow or dropping leaves, diseases and insects; Follow the link below:
www.bonsaiempire.com/forum/search?query=...9/2017&childforums=1
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How a Fukien Tea bonsai should look:

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If your Carmona looks like the picture below, it's a *mallsai.

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NEWBIES: Fukien, Elm, Ficus, Juniper HELP here 4 years 3 months ago #34688

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- Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) care: How to care for your tree; Follow the link below:
www.bonsaiempire.com/tree-species/chinese-elm
- Chinese Elm issues: Dying, yellow or dropping leaves, diseases and insects; Follow the link below:
www.bonsaiempire.com/forum/search?query=...ildforums=1&catids=1
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How a Chinese Elm bonsai should look:

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If your Chinese Elm looks like the picture below, it's a mallsai.

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NEWBIES: Fukien, Elm, Ficus, Juniper HELP here 4 years 3 months ago #34689

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- Ficus (Retusa, Ginseng, Microcarpa) care: How to care for your tree; Follow the link below:
www.bonsaiempire.com/tree-species/ficus
- Ficus issues: Dying, yellow or dropping leaves, diseases and insects; Follow the link below:
www.bonsaiempire.com/forum/search?query=...ildforums=1&catids=1
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How a Ficus bonsai should look:

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If your Ficus looks like any of the pictures below, it's a mallsai.

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NEWBIES: Fukien, Elm, Ficus, Juniper HELP here 4 years 3 months ago #34690

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- JUNIPERS They can ONLY survive outside. Don't even try to make an indoors bonsai from it. It will die.
Junipers can be dead already and keep the green for quite a long time.

- Junipers care: How to care for your tree; Follow the link below:
www.bonsaiempire.com/tree-species/juniper
- Junipers issues: Dying, yellow or dropping leaves, diseases and insects; Follow the link below:
www.bonsaiempire.com/forum/search?query=...ildforums=1&catids=1
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If your Juniper looks like the picture below, it's a very young plant and it will take many years of training it to be a bonsai.

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Juniper Bonsai can be very old and beautiful, like these two below:

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To see many beautiful bonsai, including other junipers, click on the link below:
www.bonsaiempire.com/inspiration/gallery

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NEWBIES: Fukien, Elm, Ficus, Juniper HELP here 3 years 8 months ago #37637

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I think this and other similar posts should be in a resources page on this Empire Forum.

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NEWBIES: Fukien, Elm, Ficus, Juniper HELP here 3 years 8 months ago #37639

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All cool until it fades away and no one will search to find it.

As I said earlier everyone wants quick answers. They will not read through topics or search for anything. They will open a new topic about their dying juniper with stones glued to the soil surface.

Until these things are not built in an unmissable place on the website itself, these kind of topics will be coming and coming and coming...
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NEWBIES: Fukien, Elm, Ficus, Juniper HELP here 2 years 4 months ago #49686

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well i've been using and reading this website for two weeks and only just found this page. I still don't think it provides the relevant information. You don't give bad examples of Junipers, like you do with the rest. And you don't say the step by step guide on how to cater for them

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NEWBIES: Fukien, Elm, Ficus, Juniper HELP here 2 years 4 months ago #49691

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Yorkshire Mike wrote: I still don't think it provides the relevant information. And you don't say the step by step guide on how to cater for them


Well, I am not here to be your tutor only.
If you pay for the excellent Empire courses, I am quite sure you will find all the answers you've been looking for.

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NEWBIES: Fukien, Elm, Ficus, Juniper HELP here 2 years 4 months ago #49693

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Yorkshire Mike wrote: And you don't say the step by step guide on how to cater for them


Would be great if that was possible, wouldn't it? Just a simple step-by-step guide, maybe 10 lines or less, how to get from a young juniper to a breathtaking bonsai.

It doesn't work that way. There are libraries full of books about the subject. You're going to have to study.
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