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Tree Talk

Some final tips for winter

July 29, 2015

You may have done all your winter bonsai tasks already but I have prepared a short list of some of those which I think are important and apply to most bonsai artists. Pruning By now I am sure you all have done whatever pruning you wanted to do. Remember not to prune branches which are being used as sacrifices or that still need to thicken at the base. Pruning them would be counter-productive. It's also not a good idea to prune large branches in winter, assuming you are wanting back budding (buds which form further back along a branch or trunk which you can use in your design as future branches), its better to do this during the active growing...

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Drainage mesh, what is it and how do we use it?

July 29, 2015

At the bottom of all bonsai pots you will find at least one or more holes. These are there to allow water to drain out of pot. If these were not there your trees roots would drown in water and die.  However you cannot leave these holes open, you must cover them with some suitable drainage mesh or your soil will pour out the bottom. This mesh has fairly large openings which will allow water to pass through but prevent the soil from falling through. This mesh must be secured into position or during repotting it may shift. We keep the mesh in place by securing it will a piece of wire. Click the images above to read more about...

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