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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

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.