The Chinese Elm Bonsai is one of the most loved trees for bonsai species cultivation. The tree is usually kept and managed indoors mostly to prevent over growing. When planted and maintained in the field, the tree can grow up to sixty feet (60 ft). When kept indoors, the tree remains evergreen. However, if one grows it as the outdoor bonsai, it would get extremely bigger and deciduous. The tree does not require much to cultivate it indoors. The tree has a distinctive dark gray and red brown bark which turns corky when the tree is mature. The Elm also has a good shape of the branch system making it look lovely in the house. In addition to its features, it has delicate leaves that seem oval and can be very predictable when growing.
In terms of lighting, the elm doesn’t require a lot of lighting and thus should be kept in a room where it can get adequate morning and evening sunlight. However, it should be avoided from hot sunlight as it would damage the delicate leaves of the elm. The tree does not need a lot of temperature as an indoor tree. It may only require sixty to seventy Fahrenheit. This implies that they can only be kept outside when the temperatures are not so high. The elm trees require little fertilization which may be done twice a month.
Watering of the Chinese Elm Bonsai should be done regularly though it requires little water. This is because they are adapted to relatively moist soil. Allowing or leaving your elm without water may lead to wilting of the leaves which may also die after a prolonged period with no water. However during winter, the tree requires relatively little water than in summer when the humidity is low. Watering may also depend on the location of the environment in which the tree is growing. This is because some places have high amounts of humidity while others have low amounts. In case you are a traveler, the best way to ensure that your elm is hydrated is by using a simple drip irrigation method. This can be done by filling a bottle with water, corking it and making a small vent on the cork where the water will drop from. This will then be picked some inches to the soil and near to the stem of the elm and finding the best way to support the bottle. Make sure the water is enough to take the plant up to a week before you return.The elm tree also needs to be propagated, reported, pruned and sprayed with pesticide regularly.