Hi! I’m Martina and I have had an elm bonsai for three years. This spring for the first time I repotted it and since then I have been using the fertilizer regularly, despite this the leaves have completely dried up for a few weeks and even if it had already happened this time I fear it will not recover. What can I do? But above all, where could I have gone wrong? The bonsai is on the balcony in a sunny position.Thanks Martina
Elm bonsai

Dear Martina,

elm bonsai are outdoor plants, quite easy to grow; but they are living beings, and are grown in tiny containers, under extreme conditions; therefore it is not possible to decide once and for all the position in which to grow a bonsai, as over the years the seasons differ greatly from each other, and force the plants to continually adapt. Unfortunately, this is not always possible for a bonsai, which lives in a tiny pot, with only the waterings you provide. The desiccation of the leaves usually occurs, typically, due to drought, or extreme heat, or even, on the contrary, due to the cold and excessive watering. In your case I believe that it is an excess of heat, as your elm is positioned on a terrace (and therefore in a place slightly sheltered from bad weather and rain, and slightly heated by the walls of the house), in the middle of summer, in the sun direct. Even bonsai plants that love strong brightness and direct sun, during the summer months should be moved to partial shade, especially during the particularly hot and dry seasons. If in winter the direct sun for many hours is pleasant for your bonsai, in July, with a minimum night above 25C, your bonsai will like a semi-shade, so that it can receive direct sunlight only in the coolest hours of the day. day, when they don’t burn it. An excess of sun, in addition to damaging the leaves directly, can also constantly dry out the soil, even excessively, and thus cause leaf fall due to drought. I am well aware that elms live in the open sun in nature, but elms grown in the open ground have a large root system and all the soil they want, where they can seek moisture in depth if necessary.

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