Sometimes, our beloved trees don’t thrive, and we may not know why. In this article, you will find five basic issues to look for to understand if you are doing the right thing for your bonsai.
Your bonsai could suffer if it’s located in the wrong place. For example, a shade-loving tree positioned in full sun will most likely not do well because its leaves will burn, and it will be unable to deal with the heat. The tree should be relocated.
Tropical trees placed outdoors in temperate areas will be not capable of adapting to the temperature, as wouldn’t an outdoor tree grown indoors. Providing the right temperature for the right specimen is fundamental.
The level of humidity affects tropical trees mostly. These trees are used to growing in a high-humidity environment. If the leaves of your bonsai start to curl, it may be a sign of a low humidity level versus high heat. Simply apply a humidity tray under your tree and spray water on the leaves from time to time.
Overwatering will cause waterlogging, which will lead the roots to rot. This can be spotted by the leaf’s tips becoming black or brown. Conversely, if you let your tree become bone dry, the roots will be not able to retrieve sufficient water and nutrients to live. In this case, the leaves will become yellow, fade, and fall. In both cases, it is sometimes impossible to bring your tree back to life, so keep the soil moist and not too wet or too dry to avoid this happening.
Indoor trees require an appropriate amount of light, or they will start to weaken, and the leaves will turn yellow and fall. South-facing windows can usually provide bright daylight (the type of light most plants appreciate).
To avoid any of these issues, get to know your tree, its origins, and its requirements. This information will help you keep your tree healthy.