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Miracle B1 vitamin

Q: I have heard a lot said about the miracle B1 vitamin for ailing and repotted trees. I am very interested to know what effect this has on newly potted trees, and any other interesting information about it.

A: If it is a miracle medicine, it still has to be proved, but it most definitely helps to prevent "shock" after transplanting, especially after drastic root pruning. It also helps weak trees to re-establish themselves. It can be purchased at any chemist under the name Thiamine Hydrochloride BP (Vitamin B 1), each tablet containing 10Omg. I use 1 tablet per 2 litres of water when watering from the top and 1 tablet per 5 litres when dunking.

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Random Bonsai Tip

Use vinegar and water to remove moss but it is not as effective as using Limestone Ammonium Nitrate (LAN) and water. Be very careful not to spill any of the LAN on the roots of the bonsai tree as it may burn them and may in the worst case cause the tree to die. Carefully paint the LAN and water mix on the trunk of the bonsai tree and within days you should see the moss turn brown and die.