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