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Excessive moisture retension

Q: Some of my pots seem to be retaining an excessive amount of water after normal watering, and especially after a rainy spell. I know this is harmful to any tree, but do not know the cause of it. Should I repot those trees as an emergency measure?

A: It might be necessary to add sand or clay according to your particular needs and area to a general bonsai soil mix. If water still stands visibly 15 minutes after watering, I would recommend moving your tree to a larger pot with new soil added (of a faster draining type) and change the soil and repot at the correct time in spring. Otherwise, remove all moss from the ground cover to give the soil a chance to dry out between watering.

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Random Bonsai Tip

You can bend thick, hardened branches by undercutting. A wedge is cut underneath where the bend is needed and then the branch is eased down anw wired into place. Thick, coarse branches could also be removed completely and replaced with new branches by thread grafting or approach grafting