Solara Zwaneveld in Tighes Hill, Newcastle New South Wales
Nature of problem:
browning leaves on bonsai
Type of Plant (if known):
Conifer (golden dwarf?)
Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
browning leaves & slight white spots – mould?
Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:
potting mix & gravel combined
How often do you water the plant:
every 2 days on hot summer days
How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
How long since you planted it:
Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
Yes with Seasol & slow release fertiliser
Is the plant indoors or outdoors:
Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:
In a shallow pot
What other treatments have you given the plant:
Pyrethrum. Close examination for spider mites.
Upload photo if available:
Plant has slowly been getting duller leaves. Showed good active growth through spring, summer and autumn. Started browning slowly about a month ago – particularly in one area near the top. Has spread to other areas as well. Brown appears to be more common near the base of branches, still leaving a green tip.
For last 6 months or so, have noticed white spots. Presumed to be a fungus, but didnt seem to be harming the plant, so did not treat.
The poor little plant just needs repotting into a larger bonsai pot. I can’t see enough of it to know if it is worth saving, however. Get some new potting mix and a pot about 5cm larger than the old pot. Repot it in August. Good luck. Don