Learn how to add a professional touch to your succulent arrangements by using a top dressing, or decorative rocks. report. Progress on a starter from Bunnings that came with glued in rocks. 90% Upvoted. If the tree has rocks glued around the trunk at the surface of the soil, remove them. 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. Pry up as many individual rocks as possible with the knife, stick or a flat screwdriver. Retail stores like these because they can sit on shelves for weeks without much care. With that image, the cowboy planting was born --- a moment captured in this bonsai tree. Canberra, AU, 9A, Beginner, 1. A single rock can resemble a rugged cliff, a towering mountain, or a rocky island. Watering bonsai involves saturating the soil to the point that water runs out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Placing tree on rock. a juniper with that size trunk would be $75 😂. User account menu. Spray them with a water bottle for a while and they should loosen up. Archived. Focusing on styling bonsai, showing member's trees, bonsai care and general help. Often, a tree’s leaves will give you a good indication of its health. Replace them with loose aquarium gravel that allows air and water to circulate freely. Bonsai planted in or on a flattish or slightly saucer shaped rock instead of in a bonsai pot. Posted by. I later realized, after some research, that I picked up a rescue tree. Sometimes what seems like a good deal can turn into a lot more $$ and work than you had originally thought. 4. The Pot Doesn’t Have Proper Drainage Holes. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Doing just fine! 60. share. Lowes bonsai with rocks glued on top, $23 each. They dont get watered like the plants in the garden center. Try to follow a natural course with the roots. Could be epoxy, I don't know if acetone can dissolve that. Commercial Bonsai Every month, we get multiple emails from distraught viewers of our website about dying or dead bonsai trees and about 85% of these trees are commercial bonsai trees that had rocks glued on top of the soil. yeye5 Hastings, FL(Zone 9a) Dec 01, 2011. I could remove it but it would destroy the trey. Often, a tree’s leaves will give you a good indication of its health. I'd definitely consider an instant repot if you do get one of these. Uncommonly shiny rocks is another indicator. 29 comments. It’s not ideal, but makes the pot more functional. The number one killer of bonsai trees is root rot because of overwatering. Most of the time the rocks are held on with a water based glue. These bonsai are reasonably priced, cute, and seem to be a perfect gift for the horticulture enthusiast on your list. Bought a sweet pot for 4$ at garage sell. Solid, elemental-looking rocks can give the impression that a bonsai is part of a landscape. Close. (Left) Using more rocks glued together to make bigger pieces, I went for it and created a piece that looked like half a mountain. Doing fine now after replacing the soil and adding a humidity tray. Post #8913003. Many popular home and garden stores sell junipers with a layer of rocks glued on the soil. hide. Sometimes, retailers will glue the rocks in place to make them easier and cleaner to transport. Glued-down rocks on a juniper bonsai. I researched through the web and found out that it was in fact not a true bonsai, which i all ready suspected. This simple addition will take your succulents to a whole new level! Log in sign up. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Atlanta zone 7B, 20 trees. Far too slow and fussy. 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. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. Quote. I am now remembering a bonsai I had years ago that had glued pebbles on top. save. New York, Zone 6b, Beginner, 20 trees in training. At least you can keep them moist with a regular misting via the commonly used: center-console-spray-bottle. Posted by. It was an impulse buy I made while picking up a house warming gift. Because these plants originated in dryland areas, they have evolved to hold water for long periods and prefer infrequent watering to overwatering. The glued rocks impede proper watering of the tree and must be removed at the earliest opportunity. .. rocks are super glued in! Cut pieces of 3mm bonsai wire long enough to attach the trees to the rock. But before buying that little tree, there are a few things to consider. Bookmark. None of them look like they have had any water in at least a couple weeks. I Made a new pot from super sculpey and Acrylic Paint, Super stoked on this incoming dwarf powderpuff. 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. Hmm that sounds like an expensive procedure for this kind of stuff. 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. Does that pot have a drainage hole? ! Waxy, shiny leaves and the indication of new growth are signs that the tree is healthy and actively growing. If you buy a tree with these glued rocks, remove them by breaking them up gently with a hammer. Just giving an example of what not to buy, they had 6 of these fukien teas, only marked as bonsai. I have tied the roots down with plumbing thread tape. Wtf?! I decided to name the rock creation “INTENSE FINESSE” as all champion bulls should have a name! I have no experience with bonsai but have wanted one for a while. Once I saved it from that crap pot it nearly tripled in size. Find out what you should do about this in today’s episode! You’re paying too much for your juniper, who’s your juniper guy? A top dressing is a decorative rock placed on the top of the soil in an arrangement. You should buy all of your Bonsai Trees from a nursery. Rocks are added to commercially grown bonsai to make them easier to ship. I bought a tigerbark from lowes about a year ago and its turning into my favorite tree. Attached tray is my problem....many "mallsai" are sold in such containers with rocks glued on....weird. 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 to Bonsai and super loving it!! This thread is archived. This is done for shipping purposes so that the Bonsai stay in place and are not damaged. Spruce Bonsai, rocks glued on top 20 minutes ago #64613. 114. I got a ficus from Lowe’s packaged just like this, repotted ASAP and ripped out the stupid faith rock. you could do a lot worse for $23. Acetone my friends, it should dissolve super glue. Yea, these trees are just fine if younger then refresh the soil and repot immediately. For 25 bucks you can get quality tropical material at Wigerts and you won't have to take an ice pick to the rocks. The only way to know if your bonsai needs water is to check the moisture level of the soil. 114. Mulch can keep plant roots warm in winter and cool in summer. I have bought 2 trees from them and both are very nice. Removing the glued rocks was good but adding the green moss was a bad thing. The water-based glue allows water to reach the soil. You can get a nice one online for the same price from wigerts bonsai. Soak it from the bottom. If you want to decorate the top of the soil, a single layer of small pebbles would be best. Roots like water, tend to follow the path of least resistance. One of my favorite discoveries in regard to designing with succulents is the use of top dressings . JavaScript is disabled. 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. If you have rocks glued on top of the soil, this is impossible. The easiest way to tell is the presence of glue. I'll be checking out the local Lowes tomorrow.. thanks for the tip. .. rocks are super glued in! 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! Tree health is essential. The rocks glued to the top of the pot are acting partially as a mulch. 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. Lighting Tips for Dish Gardens This Elm is placed on a natural ledge half way up the rock. 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. If you're willing to address these potential issues, even mallsai can thrive. Glued-down rocks on a juniper bonsai. 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 . Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Press J to jump to the feed. Mulch can help keep pathways in beds clear of debris and mud. A light wack with a mallet around the tray should do it. I thought it was a very good price but I had never seen the plant before. Thank you for the feedback. What’s the problem with the attached trey? I’ve successfully separated tray from pot several times. I got 4 nice sized junipers on sale at Lowes for $10. Attach the tree to the rock it is best to avoid perching the tree on the top of the rock. Focussing 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. Wtf? Please be patient with me. This pretty plant was about 10 dollars. But I bought it and I will take care of it. 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. You don't need to hold moisture in and you could cause some rot problems. All 6 look dried out and barely alive. We bought one from Lowe's in a plastic pot that has a string going down to collect water. 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. Close. 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. 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. 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. Buying a plant with glued rocks from a big box store is not ideal. Glue the pieces of wire to the spots you have marked with a bead of plumber's putty epoxy at the center of each. New comments … Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Would never buy a Fukien tea. Doesn’t matter where you start with bonsai, it’s where you end up, and the journey along the way. I’ll be honest, I had no idea how to care for a bonsai when I bought one of these. You can find it in nail polish remover. Lowes bonsai with rocks glued on top, $23 each. Dull, spotted, or damaged leaves are things to look out for. In fact, if you don't remove this layer, the glued rock layer will kill almost all of bonsai trees you bring home. 1 year ago. The ones I've seen seem to be glazed together. You are using an out of date browser. I was in walmart yesterday and fell prey to this really cute supposed bonsai plant. You must log in or register to reply here. I left it and it did great for years. Mallsai will have glued-on rocks and decorative elements--this is so the soil doesn't spill out during shipping. hey Chris your mail is showing your whole first and last name and address. What is the best pot for it? I turned one of them into a nice cascade! Nobody at lowes would even know that it's a fukien tea, much less how you would water it with the rocks glued on top. Bought a sweet pot for 4$ at garage sell. 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. Trial Garden Tip: Water your plants slowly so the water seeps through the rocks without spilling or splashing. Bonsai trees and associated plants. A layer of any type of mulch will prevent excess evaporation and moisture loss. If the rocks … It may not display this or other websites correctly. Real talk though that moss or grass or whever the hell is on top looks pretty sad. 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