Cork bark elm

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    Got myself a bonsai this week. Cork bark elm 8 years old. I have some questions for the guys with experience is it possible to grow it inside with enough light.

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    @Adrian Most bonsai needs to be outside. i have tried many times to keep bonsai indoors where it just ended up dying. with that said if one could direct some sort of grow light on it it might work. or maybe i am just a bonsai killer. lol.
     
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    Sjoe now that is a commitment, a fish tank is one thing - but a bonsai that you need to leave to somebody in your will and force them to look after it.

    Looks awesome !!!!

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    Hopefully i will not kill my tree. I always wanted to have one. The instructions said the tree need tree hours of direct sunlight. Witch i thought i can imitate with grow light. Otherwise i would have to find a spot outside of the house that would match the conditions the plant need.

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    No, I have several bonsai trees and I have to keep them outdoors as they need quite a bit of sunlight. My mother got into the hobby when I was a little girl and I grew up with bonsai trees. Now I grow them myself from seed and shape them into bonsai pots. You need to make sure it's watered and not left to go dry for several days - even overwatering can kill it. I have 3 bonsai oak acorn trees already - straight from seed and waited for 3 years before putting them into pots.

    If you have a spot in the house that gets good direct sunlight, then you can keep it indoors. Otherwise they will not grow properly. The other option is you can keep indoors but you'll have to take it outside periodically to give it some sunlight. When we had orchids, we used to take them outside while it was raining so that their roots can get soaked - these orchids we couldn't leave in the sun because the leaves would just get burnt. Ended up giving them away to my uncle down the South Coast because it's far too cold for them here. The other house, we had a shade cloth shelf for all the potted orchids that we inherited from my grandfather after he passed - ended up giving away most of them as he was an avid orchid collector - like over 20 pots of them in one place.
     
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    Yep try grow it outside, not in full Swartland sun of course, unless you have an interior atrium or something similar with good air movement, just move it inside for shorter periods and whenever you want to enjoy it or impress the visitors, so kind of the reverse to letting your dog out... :)

    Apart from whatever sun or light your particular tree requires, air movement combined with leaf and trunk spraying say once a week is also good for it..as for food and trimming well that's another chapter, same applies to the dog.

    Also do the research as to how your tree will cope with the Cape winter or the Malmesbury summer heat for that matter..
     
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    Thanks Clare i have a spot in the house but that mean i have to keep one curtain open. Unfortunately i dont want to invite burgalars. [​IMG] i have this spot for the tree but im still waiting for the welders to close up the stoep.

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    in that spot it will only get the morning sun up to about 12h30. The sun wil move over and wil be in shade for the rest of the day



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    Check my trees out

    This seed came from JHB about 4 years ago

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    Local tree seeds

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    My mom even grew an apple tree from an apple seed. Lol

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    Envy your mother...
    I grew peppers and now peppadews, but for the life of me I cannot get tomatoes to grow and bear fruit.
    Would love to grow a fruit tree (peach and apple) from scratch, so to speak.
    Well done...
     
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    Actually we do have problems getting some seeds to grow, we just deal with it and get over it - sometimes it's just not the right time of the year to grow until later, to speak. If you look at some of the pots that are broken, that was from the massive hail stones we had last year and most of my seedlings that grew were smashed up. At the moment, we are struggling with tomato blight and have lost half of our crop because of all the rain we've had - tomato plants just don't do well in wet conditions for some funny reason :scratch:

    And I have a problem trying to grow calendula seeds - they just never seem to stay alive :oops: I need lots of them for making calendula oil with the flower petals as the quality from the shops are not up to PAR or just too expensive.
     
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    IMG-20170403-WA0006.jpg still going strong new branches and leaves coming out. Growing well indoors.

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