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Bansai Tree from local grocery store repotting 1 year 8 months ago #29965

So about last week I purchased a Bonsai Tree from Wegmans which is a local grocery store. The tree is in a ceramic type container. The soil was covered half with moss and half stone. The stones were glued together and were not easily moved. I was watering my Bonsai everyday with a misting bottle. I would lift the moss and spray the soil directly. I would also spray the rocks. I wasn't sure if the water was reaching the soil underneath the stones. A few of the leaves began to turn yellow so i did a little research and found this could be due to under watering. Made sense. So after ten minutes I was able to remove the stones from the soil. The soil was very dry underneath. I bought some new organic soil and some fertilizer and re-potted my Bonsai Tree. After doing some more research to ensure my tree is being properly taken care of (I should have done this before I re-potted) I discovered that the pot should have a drainage hole, which it does not, and organic standard soil is not the best for a Bonsai Tree. I want to buy a new pot with a drainage hole and am going to order a Bonsai soil blend online. Will re-potting again impact the health of my Bonsai? If kept in the pot with no drainage hole and the wrong soil wont this harm the tree as well? I believe my Bonsai is a Ficus. I will provide pictures to confirm if I am correct. Please help! I appreciate any feedback. Thank you!

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Bansai Tree from local grocery store repotting 1 year 8 months ago #29967

MissBundy wrote: organic standard soil is not the best for a Bonsai Tree


It isn't for a bonsai tree and usually it then concerns an outdoor tree. This however is not a bonsai, it is a house plant. Standard potting soil will do.
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Bansai Tree from local grocery store repotting 1 year 8 months ago #29968

Can you explain why this is not a Bansai? That is what it was stated as when I purchased it
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Bansai Tree from local grocery store repotting 1 year 8 months ago #29969

MissBundy wrote: Can you explain why this is not a Bansai?


Sorry, but no. I have explained that 1.079 times now on this forum.

That is what it was stated as when I purchased it


Putting a label on a plant doesn't make it a bansai. Or a bonsai.
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Bansai Tree from local grocery store repotting 1 year 8 months ago #29970

I went and did some further research because I wanted to understand what you meant. I was misusing the term and now I understand. Thank you for opening my eyes!
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Bansai Tree from local grocery store repotting 1 year 8 months ago #29975

You did so many mistakes, its good if you learn from them. Best is to start learning the basics of how to handle a tree in pot moving to what makes a tree a real bonsai. Its not only a researching but a dedicated path and long way of study and trials and errors. Its a philosophy as well. First thing is to correctly identify your tree, so you treat it properly. If you go through website and guides here you will get to it. Every species have different needs and requirements, though you will find there are some rules applicable to all of them.

Good luck and welcome to the forum.
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Bansai Tree from local grocery store repotting 1 year 8 months ago #29987

Thank you for the kind response. I am committed to learning the art of Bonsai! It is only the beginning of my journey. Hopefully the Ficus I have now will survive the mistakes I have made. Enjoy your day!
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Bansai Tree from local grocery store repotting 1 year 8 months ago #29991

MissBundy wrote: Thank you for the kind response. I am committed to learning the art of Bonsai! It is only the beginning of my journey. Hopefully the Ficus I have now will survive the mistakes I have made. Enjoy your day!


I really don't see why spacewood says you made many mistakes. The only mistake you made was buying something that you thought was a bonsai.
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Bansai Tree from local grocery store repotting 1 year 8 months ago #30037

Just to help you out. If you lift the ficus, yes it is, from the current containter and move it to another with drainage, that is fine. It is better fir the plant, and easier on you. Water when the soil starts to dry out. Put the tree in a bright spot, ideally not in to op a heater.
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