Bonsai Training Information

Ulmus procera
English Elm

The English Elm a decidious tree native from England to central and south Europe, grows to a big tree of about 35 meters. It has a big dense domed crown with dark green alternate leafs, which follow a flush of clusters of small reddish flowers. It make a lovely dense bonsai with the leafs reducing quite significantly.

Styles:

Formal upright, Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Semi-cascade, Literate, Broom, Rock-over-root, Clasped-to-rock, Twin-trunk, Clump, Sinuous, Straight Line, Group planting, Saikei

Location:

Outdoor

Position:

Full Sun to Partial Shade. Protect from hard frost especially if pots are likely to freeze.

Watering:

Needs lots of water. Water everyday during the growing season, and maybe even twice a day during hotter driers summers months. Do not let pot dry out but also do not let pot water log.



Feeding:

To retain and produce small leaves, do not feed high nitrogen fast-acting fertilizers. Feeding three times a year is sufficient to maintain good color and healthy growth without enlarging the size of the leaves.

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

Prune new shoots to 2 leafs, during spring. Between June and mid summer a more robust pruning can be carried out.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

Every year in younger plants. 3-4 years for older plants or when pots get root bound. Use a well drained growing medium, use larger pots as they have heavy roots.

Wiring:

While most shaping can be done through pruning. If necessary Wiring can be carried out during Mid Summer. Beware as bark is thin and scars easily.

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