Japanese Elm Bonsai Tree. Zelkova is one of my favorite species to work with. The Japanese Elm or Zelkova is one of the most popular bonsai tree varieties, for a number of reasons. Japanese Elm (Zelkova Serrata) is a deciduous tree that is native to Japan, eastern China and Taiwan. Definitely well known for its grayish bark, small green leaves as that makes it an amazing bonsai specimen to work with. The trees strong resistance to common bonsai pests and diseases is an added plus.
Trimming Japanese Elm Bonsai Trees
I prefer to trim Elms very vigorously. If not trimmed on a very regular basis the leaves will quickly turn into long shoots with very big leaves. However when you trim back these shoots of new growth down to two or three set’s of leaves. This will allow the tree to develop proper twigging and ramification.
Developing a regular watering schedule is essential to keeping and caring for bonsai. Allowing the Elm Bonsai to dry out between watering will prevent root rot. Root rot is the number one killer for people who are just starting bonsai. When watering a bonsai tree full saturation is the key. A common mistake beginners make is to not use enough water resulting in the bottom half of the soil and roots drying out. So when you water make sure you do so fully. A good rule of thumb water until excess water drains out of the mesh on the bottom of the pot.
Elm Bonsai Trees can be kept inside for short periods of time but need a spot that gets consistent sunlight. Even still these are outdoor trees for the most part. With proper trimming, a little wiring, attention; but most importantly patience your bonsai can reach a class of it’s own. Often scene in showcases and competitions are Japanese Elms (Zelkova’s), Cork Elm, Grey English Elm.
Common Chinese Elm Bonsai Mallsai
Often Chinese Elm are the common S shaped massed produced (mallsai) Mass produced bonsai like the ones you see at Walmart and Target. They usually are not even planted in soil, have rocks glued on to the top and die within a month max.
When you purchase a Japanese Elm Bonsai Tree from Best Bonsai your receiving the exact tree pictured. Always packed using our method which has stood the test of time. Our Bonsai come in the highest quality mix of our house blend bonsai soil. Which includes Lava Rock, Akadema, Perlite, Soil, Pine Bark, and Slow Release Bonsai Fertilizer. 10-10-10
The Japanese Zelkova Bonsai may be grown outdoors in U.S.D.A plant hardiness zones 5 to 8, but will thrive in full or partial sun. In the summer, the plant will require some protection from the sun. Keep the tree in shade or sett up a temporary shade cover. Indoor plants need a sunny windowsill. If kept indoors, Japanese Elm Bonsai will keep its green leaves year-round. Indoor plants should be brought outdoors in late spring until fall to soak up a little extra sun.