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Lovely Tree! Rich, glossy, green, flowering...and best of all it LIVED through the winter!
on May 23, 2014
My first tree was ordered and shipped in the dead of winter 2013 and I think that even though I was watching for it and brought it in right away, it may have spent too long in a cold mail truck and got overly cold :( . I live in the upper Midwest and it routinely gets and stays 20 to 30 below zero here.
The tree was packed exceedingly well, but all the leaves shed off it while unpacking and shortly after. I returned the first tree with NO problems whatsoever, and got a replacement. The replacement was also packed well - so well, in fact, that I retained the box so that if/when I move I can pack the tree back into it for excellent protection.
The replacement tree is still thriving 6 months later. It has had numerous tiny flower blossoms on it, and the leaves are so rich and glossy green, visitors to my home have wondered whether the tree was real! It has developed shoots coming off that I will be learning how to properly trim just as soon as I order a book and some tools from Amazon. :-)
My tree came in a dark blue oval-shaped pot and I have that sitting inside a glass pie plate (for humidity and moisture). I had to keep the pie plate filled with water all winter due to the dry air...I do something similar for my orchids year round and they thrive, so I figured it can't hurt for the bonsai to get the same treatment. I also have a full-spectrum light on a timer that shines on the table where the orchids and bonsai live...I use this extensively (12 hours a day) in the winter...but again, I live in the frigid North, and if you live somewhere with more decent weather and actual sunlight year round, you will not need to coddle this tree. I only began coddling it because I wanted it to make it through our tough winter, and because I already had other plants I was babying.
This was a great choice for a first bonsai and I hope to have others some day. I would also consider giving this as a gift, but I would first make sure the recipient was interested in bonsai, because it would be a tragedy for this lovely plant to go unappreciated.