How to speed up the recovery of bonsai trees?

Q: I would like to congratulate the speaker at a recent meeting for a very informative talk on collecting trees from the wild but can he please assist me with one question which did not arise at that time. Once having brought the tree home, is there any special soil in which one can plant it so as to get a quicker recovery. Also mentioned was made of a vitamin enriched water mix - can this be obtained through the Kai?

A: When collecting your tree, it is a good idea to collect also some of its native soil, unless you feel it is contaminated or otherwise unsuitable. The next best to native soil is river sand and a fairly large pot.

As to the vitamin enriched water mix the vitamin is B 12. However, the dilutions are not quite clear as yet but can be obtained from your chemist.

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Random Bonsai Tip

So much time is spent on striving towards perfection in the foliage area of trees but little contemplation goes into the area around the nebari. Consider planting your tree at different heights in the pot which might enhance the existing taper and roots. If your tree lacks roots use moss mounded in such a way to suggest underlying roots, or you can even use sticks of similar appearance to the wood of the tree as 'fake' roots until you are able to coerce roots to fill the void. Use appropriate gravel to complete the scene.