Been reading a few of the threads and enjoying the pleasant discussions. I live in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, considered “arid desert” by some. For reference, here is a link to the climate: UAE weather
I’ve wanted to bonsai local trees since the 90s but kept postponing it. In the meantime I kept buying Mallsai and killing them.
At 57 years of age (and with 2 grand kids now), I think I am now more patient. So, I have picked some local stock to “bonsai”:
- olive (not so local)
And then I found something new: Texas sage, which apparently loves our weather. I’ve had the tree for 4 months now and it is thriving. So I was wondering when I can put it in a bonsai pot, and how tolerant it was of having its roots trimmed. Right now, the temp can go up to 37 in the afternoon, and down to 27 at midnight. It will not get very cold at night even in the middle of Winter.
Another tree I found plenty of in the nurseries is Mandarin Orange. Would it work as a bonsai? Its branches seem to stay green for a long time, which is strange.
Lastly, I was able to find a Chinese elm bonsai and it seems to have survived our Summer. It has grown vigirously since then and I am afraid to prune anything, but at the same time, I can see that the inside of it is losing leaves. Should I prune it? Is it OK to prune it now?
I know I have put several topics here, but I have never had anyone to talk to about bonsai before, so made this thread about desert climate instead. I also have questions about other local plants but probably will indicate them in the title of the topic next time.
Thanks so much for reading this.