29 comments. I later realized, after some research, that I picked up a rescue tree. The rocks glued to the top of the pot are acting partially as a mulch. In fact, if you don't remove this layer, the glued rock layer will kill almost all of bonsai trees you bring home. This Elm is placed on a natural ledge half way up the rock. Archived. Solid, elemental-looking rocks can give the impression that a bonsai is part of a landscape. you could do a lot worse for $23. New York, Zone 6b, Beginner, 20 trees in training. Doing fine now after replacing the soil and adding a humidity tray. Quote. Bought a sweet pot for 4$ at garage sell. Post #8913003. The only way to know if your bonsai needs water is to check the moisture level of the soil. Progress on a starter from Bunnings that came with glued in rocks. Many popular home and garden stores sell junipers with a layer of rocks glued on the soil. Often, a tree’s leaves will give you a good indication of its health. Glued-down rocks on a juniper bonsai. Retail stores like these because they can sit on shelves for weeks without much care. Posted by. A single rock can resemble a rugged cliff, a towering mountain, or a rocky island. But before buying that little tree, there are a few things to consider. It’s not ideal, but makes the pot more functional. 90% Upvoted. I'll be checking out the local Lowes tomorrow.. thanks for the tip. hey Chris your mail is showing your whole first and last name and address. share. Find out what you should do about this in today’s episode! save. Lorelei; Topic Author; Away; New Member ; Posts: 1 ; Thanks received: 0 ; My sister bought me this spruce yesterday as a memorial for my cockatiel passing away suddenly. User account menu. I got 4 nice sized junipers on sale at Lowes for $10. I researched through the web and found out that it was in fact not a true bonsai, which i all ready suspected. Doesn’t matter where you start with bonsai, it’s where you end up, and the journey along the way. Avoid "glued-rock" Bonsai - these are Bonsai that have rocks on top of the soil that are glued together and glued to the soil. New to Bonsai and super loving it!! We bought one from Lowe's in a plastic pot that has a string going down to collect water. A top dressing is a decorative rock placed on the top of the soil in an arrangement. At least you can keep them moist with a regular misting via the commonly used: center-console-spray-bottle. 114. What is the best pot for it? I could remove it but it would destroy the trey. The water-based glue allows water to reach the soil. The Pot Doesn’t Have Proper Drainage Holes. Dull, spotted, or damaged leaves are things to look out for. A light wack with a mallet around the tray should do it. .. rocks are super glued in! Commercial Bonsai Every month, we get multiple emails from distraught viewers of our website about dying or dead bonsai trees and about 85% of these trees are commercial bonsai trees that had rocks glued on top of the soil. Could be epoxy, I don't know if acetone can dissolve that. Tree health is essential. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. When you have glued on gravel on top of the soil, the moisture is locked in, oxygen exchange is inhibited, fungus grows, the roots rot, and the tree dies. Attach the tree to the rock it is best to avoid perching the tree on the top of the rock. I read somewhere that because they glue these rocks on the top of the plant soil, it's highly likely that the plant will die. If you're willing to address these potential issues, even mallsai can thrive. I am now remembering a bonsai I had years ago that had glued pebbles on top. a juniper with that size trunk would be $75 😂. The glued rocks impede proper watering of the tree and must be removed at the earliest opportunity. I decided to name the rock creation “INTENSE FINESSE” as all champion bulls should have a name! The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Bought a sweet pot for 4$ at garage sell. Roots like water, tend to follow the path of least resistance. Focussing on styling bonsai, showing member's trees, bonsai care and general help. Sometimes, retailers will glue the rocks in place to make them easier and cleaner to transport. Wtf? Wtf?! The easiest way to tell is the presence of glue. Try picking up a single stone; if you can't, or entire sections of stone come up with it, you're likely dealing with an adhesive. Log in sign up. Rocks are added to commercially grown bonsai to make them easier to ship. Attached tray is my problem....many "mallsai" are sold in such containers with rocks glued on....weird. Placing tree on rock. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Sometimes what seems like a good deal can turn into a lot more $$ and work than you had originally thought. If you have rocks glued on top of the soil, this is impossible. The number one killer of bonsai trees is root rot because of overwatering. These bonsai are reasonably priced, cute, and seem to be a perfect gift for the horticulture enthusiast on your list. You must log in or register to reply here. It may not display this or other websites correctly. Focusing on styling bonsai, showing member's trees, bonsai care and general help. Once I saved it from that crap pot it nearly tripled in size. I turned one of them into a nice cascade! Hmm that sounds like an expensive procedure for this kind of stuff. I Made a new pot from super sculpey and Acrylic Paint, Super stoked on this incoming dwarf powderpuff. The rocks need to be removed, as they restrict the tree from receiving sufficient water, they bind the roots of the tree and they don’t allow you to see the condition of the soil. You’re paying too much for your juniper, who’s your juniper guy? report. Waxy, shiny leaves and the indication of new growth are signs that the tree is healthy and actively growing. Lighting Tips for Dish Gardens You should buy all of your Bonsai Trees from a nursery. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. I have tied the roots down with plumbing thread tape. You can find it in nail polish remover. This is done for shipping purposes so that the Bonsai stay in place and are not damaged. Mallsai will have glued-on rocks and decorative elements--this is so the soil doesn't spill out during shipping. Nobody at lowes would even know that it's a fukien tea, much less how you would water it with the rocks glued on top. Just giving an example of what not to buy, they had 6 of these fukien teas, only marked as bonsai. Lowes bonsai with rocks glued on top, $23 each. I was in walmart yesterday and fell prey to this really cute supposed bonsai plant. Far too slow and fussy. Trial Garden Tip: Water your plants slowly so the water seeps through the rocks without spilling or splashing. Buying a plant with glued rocks from a big box store is not ideal. Yea, these trees are just fine if younger then refresh the soil and repot immediately. This layer of rock is glued in place for the convenience of the store and wholesaler and offers no benefits to your tree. Lowes bonsai with rocks glued on top, $23 each. This is not a difficult task, if the sides of the landscaped soil are a little steep a wall of muck over planted with moss may be necessary to stop erosion. Most of the time the rocks are held on with a water based glue. ! For 25 bucks you can get quality tropical material at Wigerts and you won't have to take an ice pick to the rocks. Glue the pieces of wire to the spots you have marked with a bead of plumber's putty epoxy at the center of each. A group of smaller rocks, positioned as outcrops protruding from the soil of the bonsai container, can recall the rocky terrain in which the tree lives. Over the summer I was gifted a Walmart Fukien tea that came with "rocks", "moss", dense soil, fungus gnats, and aphids, but it's doing well now. Phil, Ladysmith BC, Canada, zone 8b, 25 trees, 15 years experien, SF Bay Area, zone 10a, intermediate, 100ish non-seedlings, Jerry in Amsterdam, Zn.8b, 40yrs exp., 300+ trees, Pennsylvania Zone 6, 3 years experience, 23 trees, optional name, location and usda zone, experience level, number, Tampa, FL | 10a | intermediate out of practice, Ontario, Canada, 5a, Beginner, 2 trees and seedlings. 1 year ago. 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