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How do i revive my Bonsai Tree i think its dead?

Posted by Bonsai Care on Jan 24, 2009

i have a Japanese White pine (pinus parviflora)and am usure if it is dead or not all the leave have fallen off,
i have been told to scratch the trunk of the tree and see if it is moist or green or whitish (it is but a brownish color) the branches are all dry and snap easy i have also tried putting it in a polytene bag and still no sucess.
Also when i water it the soil stays moist but grows some kind of white moss. please any help would be grateful

If all the needless have fallen, it is dead or nearly dead. It is an evergreen which means it should always have green needles. This is an outdoor tree, and if you are keeping it inside, that is a sure way to kill it.
I needs a cold winter so it can go dormant. If you would like complete care instructions, email me at
wchoat@american-bonsai.com and I'll send them to you.
You're welcome to check my website
www.american-bonsai.com
Another tip, if you have been keeping indoors, take it outside RIGHT NOW, take it out of the pot, and plant it in good soil for the rest of the winter. This MAY help, but only a slight chance.

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Bill Choat:

If all the needless have fallen, it is dead or nearly dead. It is an evergreen which means it should always have green needles. This is an outdoor tree, and if you are keeping it inside, that is a sure way to kill it.
I needs a cold winter so it can go dormant. If you would like complete care instructions, email me at
wchoat@american-bonsai.com and I'll send them to you.
You're welcome to check my website
http://www.american-bonsai.com
Another tip, if you have been keeping indoors, take it outside RIGHT NOW, take it out of the pot, and plant it in good soil for the rest of the winter. This MAY help, but only a slight chance.
References :

January 24th, 2009 | 9:19 pm
Dawg:

Cut it back, take all the dead off it.put it in the sun with some shade.outside..some water but not much.take some dirt out from around the roots,not the dirt ON the roots ,just around it.and replace with some good rich dirt.put some other living plants around it within a foot or two.Good luck
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January 24th, 2009 | 10:09 pm
Karl:

From your description it sounds like it's toast. Sorry. You can try some of the suggestions given by others above, but it will likely be futile.

If you've removed a section of the trunk bark, and the Cambium layer is brown (the thin green layer of living vascular tissue between the hardwood and the bark which is responsible for the transportation of water and nutrients between the roots and leaves), that means that its no longer viable. Or in more simple terms, the tree is dead.
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January 24th, 2009 | 10:19 pm
L e:

Think of a Christmas tree sawed from it's roots. It's dead but stays green for a few weeks after, so if your conifer (evergreen) has brown needles dropping of, sigh, yes it's long dead.
I hope you weren't keeping it inside? You don't mention where you live but that's why we have indoor and outdoor plants. Bonsai'd or not, pines are an outdoor plant. Conifers may be brought inside for exhibition for up to 3 days depending on how dry and hot it is inside but living indoors will kill it. If it turned brown within 3 weeks of your receiving it then a dead tree was bought and I'd take it back to seller.
If any of it is still green try putting it outside burying its container in the ground. If you are in a Northern climate that may be too much of a shock after being indoors so put in a greenhouse or unheated garage by a window.
If you water and it stays wet it's either in severe shock or it's dead and can't "drink". Stop watering.
If you feel it is alive you could also try pruning it back but remember to leave some growth on a branch. Conifers do not "back bud" so avoid cutting a branch back with nothing living left on it. Always leave a bit of needle on a branch when you shorten it.
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30 years of creating and exhibiting Bonsai.

January 24th, 2009 | 10:29 pm
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