Top 10 Chinese Elm Videos

YouTube has proven to be one of the most useful resources for learning a new hobby. Whether you want to learn how to make soap jewelry or even bonsai, there are videos for almost everything. In the past, if you wanted to learn about bonsai, you had to read about bonsai in books, and hopefully, you have a club nearby that you can join for more hands-on learning. You can also watch Chinese Elm videos on YouTube to get an even better idea of the hobby.

In this article, we’ll be looking at ten of the best YouTube Chinese Elm videos we could find about the bonsai. Keep reading to discover why these videos can be helpful.

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Top 10 Chinese Elm Videos to Watch

The Chinese Elm is a popular species for bonsai. You’re likely to find many YouTube videos related to this special tree. However, sorting good videos from the masses can be quite challenging. Here we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 Chinese Elm bonsai videos.

Bonsai Empire

The Bonsai Empire offers a wealth of bonsai knowledge. From helpful care guides to YouTube videos and even online courses. The video, ‘Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree’, is the perfect place to start as they share important information about caring for your Chinese Elm bonsai. A few topics they discuss are watering, pruning and fertilizing.

Heron’s Bonsai

Once again, we could not have a YouTube video list without including Heron’s Bonsai and the bonsai master, Peter Chan. In this video, ‘How to Prune a Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree Easy’, Peter Chan takes you through the process of pruning a Chinese Elm bonsai. While he takes you through the process, he shares valuable information about the species, the best pruning techniques, and much more.

Greenwood Bonsai

Greenwood Bonsai is another helpful YouTube channel that shares many educational and inspirational videos on the art of bonsai. For this list of Chinese Elm bonsai, we found two stand-out videos. In the video, ‘How to Repot a Chinese Elm’, the repotting process is covered, and a lot more information is shared.

Then, in the video, ‘Chinese Elm Pruning, Part 2’, we go another step further and focus on the pruning of a Chinese Elm bonsai. While you may wonder why we include multiple videos of the same topic, such as pruning, each tree is different and the way you prune one won’t necessarily work for another. Watching a few videos is important because you’ll learn to see what has to be pruned and what can be kept when you practice on your own tree.

Gro Bonsai

The video, ‘Chinese Elm Bonsai Care’, is another great video for beginners. They cover all the basics of caring for your Chinese elm bonsai in this video. What I like about these videos is that aside from the basic care tips shared, you also get tips on accessing the health of your bonsai’s soil and more.

Eastern Leaf

Eastern Leaf is another good source for bonsai information and inspiration. They’ve covered Chinese Elms quite extensively. Hence one of the reasons we’ve included two videos from this channel in this list. In the first video, ‘How to Prune a Chinese Elm Bonsai: 2 Key Techniques’, the artist shares the two main techniques you can use when pruning a Chinese Elm. This is very helpful as it can sometimes be challenging to know which technique is best used for bonsai species.

We chose the second video, ‘Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree Pruning – Basic Clip and Grow,’ because it covers using the clip and grows technique to train your Chinese Elm bonsai.

Nigel Saunders, The Bonsai Zone

Nigel Saunders from The Bonsai Zone is so fun to watch. His perspective of letting the trees develop naturally with some guidance is a relaxed view of the art of bonsai. He’s also not afraid to experiment with different species of trees rather than just the traditional bonsai. In the video, ‘Repotting My Chinese Elm Bonsai, Part 1’, you can follow along step-by-step as he repots and prunes his Chinese elm. Seeing this process from start to finish is critical for any beginners to learn and understand. He also combs out the roots of his bonsai in a radial pattern when repotting, which helps the tree form a healthy nebari in the long term.

SoCal Bonsai

I love it when artists take plain-looking nursery stock and turn it into a beautiful bonsai. That’s exactly what happens in the video, ‘Creating a Chinese Elm Bonsai, Pt 1′. This video follows the entire process from nursery stock to pre-bonsai. This is extremely helpful because sometimes we, as bonsai enthusiasts, cannot pass up a good deal on nursery stock but often get confused by what to do next to start seeing the bonsai. As such, videos from nursery stock to bonsai are great for helping beginners develop their bonsai vision.

Back Garden Bonsai

Finally, our last video on the list is ‘Buying a Chinese Elm Bonsai from Amazon’. Sometimes when you really want a certain species, it may be that you have to order it and have it shipped to you. This can be a stressful process, but you should be fine if you research your provider before ordering. In this video, the user shares his experience ordering a Chinese Elm online and what he did after he received it – this is good to know, as many bonsai enthusiasts are unsure what to do once the tree arrives. I also like that the user included a progression so that we can see how the tree transforms and matures since it arrives.

Final Thoughts

Bonsai videos on YouTube are a great source of inspiration and valuable information. By watching videos from reliable artists and creators, you can build up your own knowledge and become more comfortable with the art of bonsai. While bonsai is supposed to be a forum for free expression, there are a few things that you need to know. For one, caring for your tree is essential, then you also need to understand pruning, training and repotting as those are all key elements in bonsai. The Chinese elm videos in this list will give you a solid foundation before working independently.

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Leri Koen was introduced to the art of bonsai at a young age. Some of her fondest memories from her childhood is watching her father tend his prized bonsai. These fond memories soon turned into a passion as she discovered her own love of the art, and admiration for these artists.

She could easily spend hours reading about different bonsai techniques, or marveling at some stunning bonsai.

Some of her favorite trees to use in bonsai include Acacia, Bougainvillea, Ficus. She is hoping to soon propagate a few Pomegranate seeds and Wisteria and watch them develop into stunning bonsai with care and love.

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