blue thumb

i’m very worried.

pine bonsai then & now

rainbow hanging plant then & now


5 Comments on “blue thumb”

  1. xtolord says:

    That does not seem to be a pine bonsai… O_o

    • jona. says:

      oh.i just assumed it was coz it looked, well, piney. would you know what kind of bonsai it is?

      • xtolord says:

        It looks piney because there are lots of misconceptions/misinformation on pines 😉
        Its not a pine that’s for sure, the needles and growth pattern is totally different. [ you can google “pine sapling” to see the difference]. It looks a bit like a larch too, but again the growth pattern and needle arrangement is completely different [ google “larch sapling” ].
        What kind of tree it is? I don’t know, juvenile foliage sometimes differs from adult foliage, its not a pine for sure.
        It might be some variety of “Hemlock”, but somehow I doubt that its even a tree.
        I think its some type of shrub that was put into that pot and passed as a “bonsai”.

        As for its current state, it looks to be dying.
        Either from bad indoor conditions, or bad “bonsai soil mix” within the pot, or lack of nutrients.
        It is tough to say without knowing the tree history.

        My best guess would be a mixture of at least two elements : bad “bonsai soil mix” and lack of nutrients. [ I am assuming it was bought in a mall or similar ]

        For the Bad “Bonsai soil mix” condition : Most bonsai sold in malls makes use of a soil adequate for shipping, but not adequate for long term keeping. In most cases it is either too compact or retains too much water and damages the roots in the long run.

        For the lack of nutrients : I don’t know how long it has been in this pot, but if you did not fertilize it, chances are that regular watering has flushed away the nutrients that was in the pot.

        If you add to this combination, keeping the plant indoors, that might well have added to the stress/strain already present. Most bonsai are kept outdoors, forget what they tell you in the malls when you buy them. You bring them indoors only during winter, and that’s only for tropical species. Keeping them indoors all year round without proper knowledge of the plant’s individual needs [ light, moisture, water, feeding ] will kill it for sure.

        If you have questions feel free to ask

  2. jona. says:

    oh. that’s quite an explanation, but thanks. 🙂 unfortunately, that plant has since died and i have yet to get a new one. for my future plant’s benefit, maybe i’ll do some research first before i do though. :p

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