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Any suggestions on bringing this pine bonsai back to life? Up until a month ago is was looking good but showing signs of going brown. My husband topped the pot up with bonsai potting mix but it now looks pretty dead :-( 

Any tips greatly appreciated! Thanks. 


  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,900
    ….I'm sorry you appear to have lost your plant but it looks dead as a dodo if you ask me... Bonsai need specialist care and some expertise in growing them... I used to have a book on it... in my opinion, they are not for new, or the very inexperienced grower of plants..  even those with years behind them might struggle with  bonsai...  put it down to experience and maybe try something a bit easier?..
    East Anglia, England
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,498
    I am a member of a bonsai group and I think I can safely say that tree is dead  :(
    Nearly all pine trees and indeed lots of trees can be kept outside year round.
    Bonsai do need extra care as being in a small pot they dry out easily.
    Bonsai trees also do not need to be difficult,they just have their own needs in the same way that other plants do.
    Just don't start with that 100 year old tree.
    I have a 30 year old English Elm that I have grown from a sapling and many others in our group experiment with all kinds of trees and most need not cost anything.
    We even have competitions to see who can grow a bonsai from a supermarket shrub!
    Don't give up because they can be very rewarding!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
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