Plant Care Chinese Elm

Chinese Elm

4.4 out of 5 (14 experiences)

Chinese Elm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Chinese Elm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Chinese Elm Bonsai and Lacebark elm


Ulmus parvifolia

How to care for Chinese Elm


How often to water your Chinese Elm

Water needs for Chinese Elm
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese Elm needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Chinese Elm

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Chinese Elm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese Elm: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinese Elm love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Chinese Elm does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chinese Elm in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Chinese Elm

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese Elm: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinese Elm after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Chinese Elm is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Chinese Elm

Chinese Elm

Chinese Elm

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Chinese Elm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 8
Chinese Elm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Chinese Elm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 5
Chinese Elm has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Chinese Elm has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Chinese Elm has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@Samijohanson avatar
leaf-1 92 Plants
xp 2,533 XP
globe McCall, ID

Water every other day like Brussels bonsai recommends. You’ll have a happy healthy bonsai

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@ellie.caldecott avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 98 XP
globe Calne, England

I love my bonsai! The only issues i’ve had with this plant is sunlight, I find that it doesn’t like TOO much direct sun but keeping it in a north facing window isn’t enough sun. Overall though it’s been quite easy so far!

Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
@nlischke avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 383 XP
globe Washington, DC

But honestly is still easy to fix

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 639 XP
globe Pinellas Park, FL

Beautiful and unique, Dave is easy to care for and has calming effects on me.

Survivor Survivor

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