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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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Maple leaves turning

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Random Bonsai Tip

To thicken thin branches make a cut just below the branch or a bud on the branch. The sugars produced in the leaves of the tree move down to the roots through the phloem, this flow of sap is interrupted by the cut and the accumulation of sugars above the cut increases the vigour as it is used by the bud, forcing it into action. As soon as the wound heals the normal sap flow resumes.