Chinese Elm – CE32
Probably the most popular species of Bonsai, and one of the easiest to keep. Chinese Elm are deciduous and will lose their leaves for a short while during winter, but new leaves soon appear. Just remember to follow the Care instructions all year.
Chinese Elm are one of the few bonsai that can be kept indoors or outdoors – although your tree will appreciate being outdoors in the summer (more information in the Care tab).
The optional Care Pack includes 2 bottles of feed: Plantfood 1 and Plantfood 2 (see the Care Tab); an under tray; and a pair of scissors for trimming the leaves. Your tree will not thrive without regular feeding. If the tree is kept indoors the under tray is useful as it will hold water thereby helping to increase humidity, and will prevent excess water leaking onto the windowsill. We prefer plastic trays as these are larger than the ceramic ones, and the latter can mark your woodwork when wet. The scissors can be used by right handed or left handed people. Each of these items are available separately in the ‘Tools’ pages.
You may order online or by telephone – if you prefer the latter please quote the tree number so we can dispatch the one you see here.
Approximately 30cm height from ground level to the top. Pot size 12cm.
A Care Sheet is included with every tree sold. The information that follows is a quick guide to give you an idea of the suitability of this species.
Chinese Elm bonsai can either be kept indoors or outdoors all year, although the tree will appreciate being kept outdoors in the summer.
Watering: In their natural environment trees have long roots that search for water and nutrition. Bonsai are of course kept in a pot and have shallow roots. They therefore need to be watered frequently: every day in their growing season, and every other day in winter. Water thoroughly until water drips through the holes in the bottom of the pot. If kept outside a shower of rain will not provide enough water.
Feeding: Add liquid feed to water once per month during the growing season (when the tree has leaves).
Position: Chinese Elms like full sunlight: if kept indoors place on a sunny windowsill. However ideally not near a radiator as the tree could then get too hot.
Dormant Period: Chinese Elms are sub-tropical trees and therefore will live without the dormancy period needed by trees from temperate climates. However, your tree will appreciate a rest period of a month or so in temperatures below 5°C. When your tree loses its leaves in winter, place the tree in a garage or shed (it won’t need light), an unheated greenhouse, or the garden (but protect from hard frosts). If you live in a flat and none of these places are available, place your tree in the coolest room and away from radiators.
If you order a tree it will be delivered by courier (UPS). We will send you the tracking number. If the order is placed before 11 o’clock we will dispatch that day (or the next working day if you order during a weekend) and nearly all trees will arrive the next day. However, if the tree is a gift and you prefer it is delivered on a certain date, send us a message telling us when you would like it to be dispatched. Orders for Accessories only are delivered by Royal Mail’s First Class post.
- Tree: UK Mainland, Weekday Delivery – £5.75;
- Tree: UK Mainland, Saturday Delivery – £12.50;
- Tree: N. Ireland, Weekday Delivery – £10.00;
- Tree: N. Ireland, Saturday Delivery – £13.50;
- Accessories only: £3.95.
Should you purchase a tree and accessories then the courier rate for trees applies.
Packaging: Your tree is sent in a strong, plain cardboard box with ‘This Way Up’ and ‘Fragile’ labels. The tree is strapped to the bottom of the box so even if the box is upside down for a period of time it should not come to any harm. Some Bonsai shops use smart, printed boxes but this adds about £5 to the cost of the tree and we don’t think that is sensible.
PLEASE NOTE: orders for trees received after 11 o’clock on Thursdays will be despatched on Monday unless you opt for the extra cost for Saturday delivery.