well, it's been a hot minute!
turns out my newborn required nearly 24/7 physical interaction (which i obviously wasn't going to deny her), so i paused this whole blog endeavor alongside a lot of other projects and hobbies. these days, she's a wild, six month old who will (very) occasionally let me sit down with my laptop.
but before i get you caught up on my motherhood adventures, let's talk about the tumultuous relationship i've had with this tree:
THE CHINESE PEPPER BONSAI (aka xanthoxylum piperitum).
to give you some context, i have upward of 100 plants, but i'm busy, forgetful and bad at following directions. canadian prairie winters can be relentless and the lighting in my house is mediocre. in short, my horticulture is endless trial and error, with some general wisdom acquired from plants gone too soon
i bought this tree on sale at the local greenhouse, having no experience with bonsai. within two days of bringing it home, every single leaf had dropped. i was ready to offer its skeleton to my garbage bin, but the $25 i'd spent seemed too steep to give up so soon. i moved the pot to a south (rather than east) facing window, soaked the soil and waited.
within two days, new buds appeared. the foliage grew quickly and is now thicker than when i brought it home. there are some straggling bare arms where the original leaves dropped (as photographed) but all in all, it's a healthy tree.
i'm not sure whether i'll prune it anytime soon (my primary objective is to keep it alive), but it's neat to add a bonsai to my collection.
based on this experience, here are my care tips:
FOR ANY PLANT
stay tuned for more plants, tips and mistakes i made so you can avoid them!