Is my Bonsai Tree Dead?

Is my Bonsai Tree Dead?

Bonsai trees are enchanting living artworks that combine the elegance of bonsai with the creativity of Kokedama. However, like all living plants, they can face challenges that require some extra TLC to revive them. Are you unsure whether your Bonsai is capable of being saved? In this blog, we will guide you through the process of identifying whether your Bonsai is still savable, how to diagnose the problem, and suggest ways to help bring your tree back to life.

Is the tree actually dead?

First of all, don't panic! Your tree is hardier than you think, remember that our Bonsai's like the Chinese Elm are seasonal so they will drop some leaves during the colder months, which is perfectly natural. However, if your plant has a lot of yellow leaves or there’s no new growth and you think your plant is struggling or worse you can check if it’s still alive.

You can do this by carefully scrapping a small amount of bark off the tree's trunk. Under the bark there exists a fundamental component in all plants known as the cambium layer. Its green colour serves as an indicator of the tree's vitality. If you find that underneath its still green, your plant is still alive and just needs some help to recover. However if it is not, your Bonsai is most definitely dead.


Ligistrum Bonsai tree moss kokedama

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Bringing Your Bonsai Tree Back to Life

If you have checked and the layer underneath the bark is still green, we will guide you through ways of saving your Bonsai before it is too late.

Lets Diagnose the Issue

The first step in the revival process is to identify the problem. Your Bonsai might be struggling due to overwatering, underwatering, pests, disease, improper lighting, or a combination of these factors. Inspect the plant carefully, looking for yellowing leaves, wilting, mold, or any other unusual signs of distress. Understanding the issue is crucial for determining the appropriate course of action.

Assess the Environment

Evaluate the environment in which your Bonsai resides. Different species of plants have varying requirements for light, temperature, and humidity. Ensure that your plant is in a location that meets its specific needs. Bonsai trees generally thrive in bright, indirect sunlight, so consider adjusting their position accordingly.

Pruning and Trimming

Pruning and trimming are essential for maintaining the shape and health of your Bonsai and doing this can dramatically improve the chances that your Bonsai will survive. If you want to know a little more, here are our tips for Bonsai pruning.

Remove dead or unhealthy branches and leaves, and thin out overcrowded growth to improve air circulation. This might seem brutal and counter-intuitive but by doing so you help the plant to focus and save its energy for its core. Use sharp bonsai scissors to avoid damaging the plant.


pruning a bonsai tree leaves


Fertilising your Bonsai 

Applying the right nutrients is vital for the recovery of your Bonsai. Use a balanced, liquid bonsai fertiliser and apply it sparingly during the growing season. To fertilise your Kokedama tree, simply add a few drops to the water you submerge the moss or coconut-fibre ball into so that it can soak it all up thoroughly. Follow the product instructions for the correct dosage.

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Pest and Disease Management

If your Bonsai is affected by pests or diseases, address the issue promptly. Insecticidal soap or neem oil can help control common pests such as aphids or spider mites. For diseases, consult with an expert to identify the problem and determine suitable treatments.

Bringing a struggling Bonsai tree back to life is a rewarding endeavor that requires careful attention and care. By identifying the problem, addressing environmental conditions, and taking the necessary steps to nurture your plant back to health, you can enjoy the enchanting beauty and charm that these miniature marvels bring to your life. Remember that each Bonsai is unique and may have specific requirements, so taking the time to understand your plant is crucial for its recovery. With patience and determination, you can watch your Bonsai flourish once again.

Remember we're here to help! 

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