Chinese Elms are deciduous trees with leaves and fine twigging on their secondary branches. These trees are imported from Chinese nurseries where the branches have been painstakingly trained for years. Chinese Elm trees are durable and while preferring outdoor settings; can be displayed indoors for weeks at a time without ill effects. Thrives outdoors above 20 degrees with protection; see Bonsai Care. Ideal with 8" Humidity Tray. Container color and shape varies
Outdoor bonsai include evergreen varieties like pines and junipers as well as deciduous varieties like maples and elms. All outdoor bonsai are hardy and require seasonal change. Upon receiving your bonsai, it is best to acclimate it in a shady area for one week. All outdoor bonsai prefer morning sun and afternoon shade. Patios, decks and balconies are great areas to display your bonsai during the growing season. Outdoor bonsai can be displayed indoors, but only for short periods of time. You should never leave your bonsai inside for more than five days.
Watering properly is critical to maintaining a healthy bonsai! Outdoor bonsai are watered according to the season. Outdoor bonsai should be watered daily in the spring, summer and fall. In the winter you will not need to water as frequently. However, you should never let your bonsai’s soil dry out. Water your bonsai properly by using a watering can or hose attachment that has a fine-spray nozzle. You should thoroughly soak your bonsai’s soil. Water should be running out of the drain holes. Misting foliage periodically is recommended, but should not be considered watering. General care is also important to maintaining a beautiful bonsai. Bonsai should be periodically trimmed to keep their miniature shape. To best understand trimming and wiring techniques, we recommend purchasing an instructional book.
Your bonsai will need to be repotted every four to five years. It is necessary to repot your bonsai when its root system becomes pot bound. Repotting outdoor bonsai should be done before new growth appears during late winter or early spring. Make sure you are using a good bonsai soil when repotting since regular potting soil will compact and inhibit proper drainage. We recommend waiting at least one growing season before repotting your bonsai to make sure it is well established.
Fertilizing bonsai is required. Most water-soluble and time-released fertilizers work very well when used as directed. We recommend using slow-releasing organic fertilizers for more mature specimen bonsai.
INSECTS & DISEASES
Insects and diseases can attack bonsai just like any other plant. Inspect your bonsai regularly. A brisk spraying of the trunk and foliage periodically will help keep your tree clean. If any problems appear, most garden centers have products available for treatment.
Outdoor bonsai need to experience winter dormancy and should remain outdoors in the winter. Nevertheless, the root systems of outdoor bonsai need protection from extreme winter weather. You should “Heel-In” your bonsai by covering the pot and soil with pine needles or mulch when temperatures approach freezing. We also recommend protecting your bonsai from extremely cold winds by placing it against the south side of your house. In areas that have extremely cold winters, bonsai can be protected in garages, sheds, cold frames or basements. Contact a local bonsai club for more advice.
Rest assured that your tree will reach its destination well hydrated and securely packed. The base of each tree is wrapped in plastic to retain moisture and to prevent any topsoil from spilling during shipment. Trees are wired to the pot, placed inside a double-walled carton for protection and secured with proprietary packing systems to keep them from shifting during transit.
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So far I'm very happy with this little tree.
It arrived well packed on its box with not a single leaf out of place.
Soil was moist and well protected on the pot.
The tree is healthy and the root system is on good shape.
I'm following the recommendations about leaving it on the shade for a couple of weeks and have been watering daily and the tree has been good. Leaves has not fall down or dried.
I'm sure I'm buying more trees from brussels bonsai.
Tyler NewkirkJul 20th 2022
So I just received my pre bonsai Chinese elm today. I want to begin by saying that it came a day early! I waited the entire day when I read that it would be coming sooner than I thought. And to be honest? It was well worth it! The tree came completely intact and healthy. And nothing like the picture, because the trunk is curved, which I love, love, love. I read that they may lose their leaves, but that didn’t happen at all. And I’m all the way up in New York. Thank you, Brussel’s, for an amazing pre bonsai!
ThomasApr 12th 2022
This is my second Chinese elm and third of 4 trees from Brussel's this year. I'm just blown away by the quality of material, price and secure delivery, time and again. I consider myself an advanced intermediate in bonsai and these trees are far better than anything you can get elsewhere. Their soil also develops an amazing dense fine root system that is just as good as Japanese soils. I will definitely order many more times from Brussel's.
Brandon Nov 10th 2021
Great value great material
Trees arrived neatly packed and tucked into a box and was in good health dropped a few leaves but it's okay the canopy is a mess as it's a cluster of branches that are all crossing each other into a mass or ball at the very top of the tree it'll take years to correct but over all that's my only negative the trunk is quite thick at around 1.75 to 2.25 inches in diameter. The nebari are burried but that's ok bc it'll give me more options to choose from later on also it appears they have cut the lower branches or sacrifice branches but that's okay as I said the trunk is quite thick but over all would buy from them again , and thanks for a great little tree
CSM3May 7th 2021
Chinese Elm #2
We just received our second bonsai from Brussel’s. Both were in good health, packaged very well, and arrived quickly after ordering. If I wind up getting any others, I see no reason to shop elsewhere.
Thomas GaglioneMar 31st 2021
The tree arrived well packaged and healthy, and looks amazing, Very happy with it.
james bowenMar 12th 2021
Nicely done, full branches, doesn’t look tired
RolandFeb 14th 2021
Great looks just like the picture
MikeDec 12th 2020
Great looking little tree, wanted something with a straight/strong trunk to offset the highly curved ones.
Nancy Sep 21st 2020
Shipped quickly and packed great! In great shape looks very much like the photo