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Does elm bonsai need to go dormant during winter?

6 years ago

So, I grow mainly ficus benjamina and other tropicals. I know very little about bonsai or this elm (I was told it's an elm).

The tree belongs to my girlfriends mother and seemed to be doing poorly. She had trimmed off all new growth at the beginning of the season and it had 0 new growth with a lot of leaves turning yellow and many dead branches.

anyway, I pruned it back pretty hard and now it has a good amount of fresh growth on it. Gets direct sun for the first few hours of the day.

My main question, do these trees need dormant hours during the winter or can they be treated like a tropical plant?

She's had the tree for a few years and has kept it inside all winter. It's never lost leaves.


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