.. rocks are super glued in! We bought one from Lowe's in a plastic pot that has a string going down to collect water. 1 year ago. 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. What’s the problem with the attached trey? Dull, spotted, or damaged leaves are things to look out for. Glued-down rocks on a juniper bonsai. Watering bonsai involves saturating the soil to the point that water runs out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Rocks are added to commercially grown bonsai to make them easier to ship. If the tree has rocks glued around the trunk at the surface of the soil, remove them. It’s not ideal, but makes the pot more functional. hey Chris your mail is showing your whole first and last name and address. Close. Soak it from the bottom. Attach the tree to the rock it is best to avoid perching the tree on the top of the rock. Sometimes what seems like a good deal can turn into a lot more $$ and work than you had originally thought. This thread is archived. If you're willing to address these potential issues, even mallsai can thrive. Focussing on styling bonsai, showing member's trees, bonsai care and general help. If you buy a tree with these glued rocks, remove them by breaking them up gently with a hammer. I'd definitely consider an instant repot if you do get one of these. Lighting Tips for Dish Gardens Doing just fine! I have tied the roots down with plumbing thread tape. Lowes bonsai with rocks glued on top, $23 each. Hmm that sounds like an expensive procedure for this kind of stuff. Progress on a starter from Bunnings that came with glued in rocks. ! Once I saved it from that crap pot it nearly tripled in size. Doing fine now after replacing the soil and adding a humidity tray. share. Bonsai trees and associated plants. I was in walmart yesterday and fell prey to this really cute supposed bonsai plant. 90% Upvoted. But before buying that little tree, there are a few things to consider. For 25 bucks you can get quality tropical material at Wigerts and you won't have to take an ice pick to the rocks. Bonsai planted in or on a flattish or slightly saucer shaped rock instead of in a bonsai pot. yeye5 Hastings, FL(Zone 9a) Dec 01, 2011. Bookmark. Yea, these trees are just fine if younger then refresh the soil and repot immediately. What is the best pot for it? a juniper with that size trunk would be $75 😂. You’re paying too much for your juniper, who’s your juniper guy? A light wack with a mallet around the tray should do it. Canberra, AU, 9A, Beginner, 1. Glue the pieces of wire to the spots you have marked with a bead of plumber's putty epoxy at the center of each. Glued-down rocks on a juniper bonsai. The number one killer of bonsai trees is root rot because of overwatering. Cut pieces of 3mm bonsai wire long enough to attach the trees to the rock. 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. Does that pot have a drainage hole? This pretty plant was about 10 dollars. 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. The glued rocks impede proper watering of the tree and must be removed at the earliest opportunity. Roots on a chinese elm need to be established, and even then, your tree will lose a lot of its leaves as it establishes itself to its new home. I later realized, after some research, that I picked up a rescue tree. Just giving an example of what not to buy, they had 6 of these fukien teas, only marked as bonsai. Tree health is essential. 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. you could do a lot worse for $23. It was an impulse buy I made while picking up a house warming gift. Acetone my friends, it should dissolve super glue. 114. Focusing on styling bonsai, showing member's trees, bonsai care and general help. You are using an out of date browser. None of them look like they have had any water in at least a couple weeks. Wtf?! User account menu. Posted by. I’ve successfully separated tray from pot several times. With that image, the cowboy planting was born --- a moment captured in this bonsai tree. Log in sign up. Posted by. You can get a nice one online for the same price from wigerts bonsai. Wtf? Mallsai will have glued-on rocks and decorative elements--this is so the soil doesn't spill out during shipping. I have no experience with bonsai but have wanted one for a while. You can find it in nail polish remover. The easiest way to tell is the presence of glue. You must log in or register to reply here. This layer of rock is glued in place for the convenience of the store and wholesaler and offers no benefits to your tree. You don't need to hold moisture in and you could cause some rot problems. I have bought 2 trees from them and both are very nice. Attached tray is my problem....many "mallsai" are sold in such containers with rocks glued on....weird. Would never buy a Fukien tea. Uncommonly shiny rocks is another indicator. Often, a tree’s leaves will give you a good indication of its health. Could be epoxy, I don't know if acetone can dissolve that. A layer of any type of mulch will prevent excess evaporation and moisture loss. In fact, if you don't remove this layer, the glued rock layer will kill almost all of bonsai trees you bring home. Pry up as many individual rocks as possible with the knife, stick or a flat screwdriver. This Elm is placed on a natural ledge half way up the rock. One of my favorite discoveries in regard to designing with succulents is the use of top dressings . Learn how to add a professional touch to your succulent arrangements by using a top dressing, or decorative rocks. Lowes bonsai with rocks glued on top, $23 each. Archived. But I bought it and I will take care of it. I turned one of them into a nice cascade! Avoid "glued-rock" Bonsai - these are Bonsai that have rocks on top of the soil that are glued together and glued to the soil. Real talk though that moss or grass or whever the hell is on top looks pretty sad. Waxy, shiny leaves and the indication of new growth are signs that the tree is healthy and actively growing. Doesn’t matter where you start with bonsai, it’s where you end up, and the journey along the way. (Left) Using more rocks glued together to make bigger pieces, I went for it and created a piece that looked like half a mountain. Often, a tree’s leaves will give you a good indication of its health. It may not display this or other websites correctly. A single rock can resemble a rugged cliff, a towering mountain, or a rocky island. .. rocks are super glued in! A top dressing is a decorative rock placed on the top of the soil in an arrangement. The only way to know if your bonsai needs water is to check the moisture level of the soil. The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. Rocks or pebbles are common in succulents, bonsai plants and exotics like money trees, but they should have some movement and let in oxygen, so liberating a plant with glued rocks will enhance its health and happiness. Atlanta zone 7B, 20 trees. New comments … JavaScript is disabled. Mulch can keep plant roots warm in winter and cool in summer. Buying a plant with glued rocks from a big box store is not ideal. hide. Far too slow and fussy. The water-based glue allows water to reach the soil. I'll be checking out the local Lowes tomorrow.. thanks for the tip. If you want to decorate the top of the soil, a single layer of small pebbles would be best. Bought a sweet pot for 4$ at garage sell. I thought it was a very good price but I had never seen the plant before. Most of the time the rocks are held on with a water based glue. I could remove it but it would destroy the trey. If you have rocks glued on top of the soil, this is impossible. 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. 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. 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. Placing tree on rock. At least you can keep them moist with a regular misting via the commonly used: center-console-spray-bottle. 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. 29 comments. Replace them with loose aquarium gravel that allows air and water to circulate freely. I decided to name the rock creation “INTENSE FINESSE” as all champion bulls should have a name! Removing the glued rocks was good but adding the green moss was a bad thing. Solid, elemental-looking rocks can give the impression that a bonsai is part of a landscape. I researched through the web and found out that it was in fact not a true bonsai, which i all ready suspected. Please be patient with me. Thank you for the feedback. Quote. Sometimes, retailers will glue the rocks in place to make them easier and cleaner to transport. Try to follow a natural course with the roots. Post #8913003. 114. They dont get watered like the plants in the garden center. I got 4 nice sized junipers on sale at Lowes for $10. This is done for shipping purposes so that the Bonsai stay in place and are not damaged. I left it and it did great for years. New to Bonsai and super loving it!! Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Find out what you should do about this in today’s episode! pshh, it's not a fukien tea, they're labeled right there, the first one is a Goodness, the second is a Dream, and the third is a Peace, duhhh /s . 4. You should buy all of your Bonsai Trees from a nursery. The Pot Doesn’t Have Proper Drainage Holes. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. The rocks glued to the top of the pot are acting partially as a mulch. Press J to jump to the feed. If the rocks … These bonsai are reasonably priced, cute, and seem to be a perfect gift for the horticulture enthusiast on your list. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Mulch can help keep pathways in beds clear of debris and mud. 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. The ones I've seen seem to be glazed together. This simple addition will take your succulents to a whole new level! 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. save. Spray them with a water bottle for a while and they should loosen up. I bought a tigerbark from lowes about a year ago and its turning into my favorite tree. All 6 look dried out and barely alive. Because these plants originated in dryland areas, they have evolved to hold water for long periods and prefer infrequent watering to overwatering. Dylan Taylor here, with a really quick video on how to use contact cement to attach your wire bonsai to a rock, or whatever it is you want to attach it to! I’ll be honest, I had no idea how to care for a bonsai when I bought one of these. Trial Garden Tip: Water your plants slowly so the water seeps through the rocks without spilling or splashing. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. report. Retail stores like these because they can sit on shelves for weeks without much care. Close. Bought a sweet pot for 4$ at garage sell. 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. New York, Zone 6b, Beginner, 20 trees in training. I got a ficus from Lowe’s packaged just like this, repotted ASAP and ripped out the stupid faith rock. Many popular home and garden stores sell junipers with a layer of rocks glued on the soil. I am now remembering a bonsai I had years ago that had glued pebbles on top. Spruce Bonsai, rocks glued on top 20 minutes ago #64613. Roots like water, tend to follow the path of least resistance. I'd be tempted to start picking out the rocks before even buying one, so you can inspect the roots a bit and see what kind of soil its in. 60. I Made a new pot from super sculpey and Acrylic Paint, Super stoked on this incoming dwarf powderpuff. A string going down to collect water moss was a very good price but i a... 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