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Jade Tree (Portularcaria Afra)

Where - Outdoors for best results (in doors if you have the ideal location). This tree would like three or more hours of sun light daily and can take direct sun all day.

Watering Jade tree likes to go dry. So make sure after every watering you let your tree go dry for a few days before its next watering, (especially in the winter). But don’t be afraid of the rain. If it’s raining for days let your tree have it. It will benefit greatly.

Feeding - Every two to four weeks, spring through fall (depending on how much you want your tree to grow). You need not fertilize in the winter. If you live in a warmer claimant, once a month in winters.

Transplanting - If your keeping this tree in a shallow pot, yearly repotting may be necessary otherwise, every two or three years would be ideal. Preferably spring through summer. A very free draing Bonsai soil or soil less Bonsai mix is preferred.

Wiring - You can wire this tree at any time. Pay close attention to your jade wiring & bending of branches. Wiring to tight can lead to the loss of that branch. Bending to much will end with the same results and with tree you may not know for weeks.

Pruning The best time to prune is during the growing season (spring through summer). But most any time of year for Jade is fine. Pinch or cut new shoots any time.

Fukien Tea (Carmona Microphylla)

Also known as Erethia Buxfolia.
Where
- Outdoors for best results (in doors if you have the ideal location & put out doors during spring and summer months). This tree would do best with three to about six hours of sunlight a day. Do not allow it to bake in the sun, provide some shade if need be.

Watering Give plenty throughout the year. Try to keep evenly moist at all times if possible. Although you can allow it to dry slightly, never let it get or remain bone dry. If it gets bone dry and is in direct sun light to long you will immediately see new shoots and foliage droop and may experience die back.

Feeding - Every two to three weeks, spring through fall. Once every four to six weeks in the winter.

Transplanting - If your keeping this tree in a shallow pot, yearly repotting may be necessary otherwise, every two or three years would be ideal. Preferably spring through summer. Try to avoid a soilless mix for this tree or you’ll be doing allot of watering.

Wiring - You can wire this tree at any time.

Pruning The best time to prune is during the growing season (spring through early fall).

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Ficus ( Ficus Benjamina)

Where - Outdoors for best results, if kept indoors give plenty of light and this tree will greatly appreciate a humidity tray. Put out doors during the spring & summer months. Ficus would do best with three or more hours of sunlight a day.

Watering Give plenty during spring through fall. It can be allowed to dry out, but then water. Never let it remain bone dry and bake in the sun for long. If it gets bone dry and is in direct sun light to long you will immediately see new shoots droop and may experience die back. Keep on the dry side during winter months.

Feeding - Every two to three weeks, spring through fall. Once every four to six weeks in the winter.

Transplanting - If your keeping this tree in a shallow pot, yearly repotting may be necessary otherwise, every two or three years would be ideal. Preferably spring through summer. Soil & soil less mixes have worked well for me.

Wiring - You can wire this tree at any time.

Pruning The best time to prune is during the growing season (spring through early fall).

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Dwarf Umbrella Tree (Schefflera Arboricola)

Where - Outdoors for best results, if kept indoors give plenty of light and this tree will greatly appreciate a humidity tray. Put out doors during the spring & summer months. Schefflera would do best with three or more hours of sunlight a day.

Watering Give plenty during spring through fall. It can be allowed to dry out, but then water. Never let it remain bone dry and bake in the sun for long. If it gets bone dry and is in direct sun light to long you will immediately see new shoots droop and may experience die back. Keep on the dry side during winter months.

Feeding - Every two to three weeks, spring through fall (depending on how much you want your tree to grow). Once every four to six weeks in the winter.

Transplanting - If your keeping this tree in a shallow pot, yearly repotting may be necessary otherwise, every two or three years would be ideal. Preferably spring through summer.

Wiring - You can wire this tree at any time, preferably when branching becomes slightly woody.

Pruning The best time to prune is during the growing season (spring through early fall).

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Chinese elm ( Ulmus Parvifolia)

Where - Outdoors for best results (in doors if you have the ideal location). This tree would like three or more hours of sun light daily. Ulmus Parvifolia can tolerate all day sunlight. In cooler locations may shed foliage during the winter months.

Watering - Although the Elm is a forgiving tree, if it’s bone dry and the day’s are hot you’ll be asking for trouble, so keep it on the moist side in the summer. Drier during the winter months. Let your tree go dry and then water in the winter. Cold whether and wet roots should be avoided.

Feeding - Every two or three weeks in the summer. Every four to six weeks in the winter. If your tree is kept in a cool location and has lost a lot of foliage, you may not have to feed it at all during those cold winter months.

Transplanting - Every two or three years would be ideal. Spring time is the best time but this tree will tolerate summer transplanting. Soil & Soilless mixes have worked well for me.

Wiring - You can wire this tree at any time.

Pruning The best time to prune is during the growing season. (Spring through summer)

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Button Wood (Conocarpus Erectus)

Where - Outdoors for best results (in doors if you have the ideal location). This tree would do best with four or more hours of sunlight a day.

Watering Give plenty throughout the year. Allow it to dry slightly, but try not letting it get or remain bone dry. If it gets bone dry and is in direct sun light to long you will immediately see new shoots and foliage droop and may experience die back.

Feeding - Every two or three weeks, spring through fall. Once every four to six weeks in the winter.

Transplanting - If your keeping this tree in a shallow pot, yearly repotting may be necessary otherwise, every two or three years would be ideal. Preferably spring through summer. Soil & soil less mixes have both worked well for me.

Wiring - You can wire this tree at any time.

Pruning The best time to prune is during the growing season (spring through early fall). Buttonwoods foliage can sometimes get rather large so let’s not forget to occasionally defoliate during this time.

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Bald Cypress (Taxodium Distichum)

Where - Outdoors for best results (in doors if you have the ideal location). This tree would do best with three or more hours of sunlight a day.

Watering Swamp tree. This tree can be allowed to sit in water, if not give plenty throughout the year. You can allow it to dry slightly, but avoid letting it get or remain bone dry. If it gets bone dry and is in direct sun light to long you will immediately see new shoots and foliage droop and will experience die back. IMPORTANT to keep evenly moist at all times.

Feeding - Every two to three weeks, spring through fall. Due to loss of foliage during winter months, feeding is not mandatory during winter.

Transplanting - If your keeping this tree in a shallow pot, yearly repotting may be necessary otherwise, every two or three years would be ideal. Preferably spring.

Wiring - Wire this tree during the growing season.

Pruning The best time to prune is during the growing season (spring through early fall).

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Jade Tree
Fulkien Tea
Ficus
Dwarf Tree
Chinese Elm
Button Wood
Bald Cypress