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Emergency drainage measures

Q: We have been having a lot of wet weather and some of my pots have been very soggy and the trees do not look very healthy. I suspect that the drainage is inadequate. What should I do?

A: If the drainage in one of your bousai pots is deteriorating out of potting season, you can "temporarily" improve on it by making holes with an apple corer, removing cores of the old soil and replacing it with new ones. This is the simplest way to improve drainage without having to re-pot at the wrong time and risk losing a good tree. This method can also be used to fertilise with bone meal during the season.

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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.