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Too much shade?

Q: I have a shaded area for my bonsai. As a result they have become rather elongated, with a loss of trunk thickness. Is there any remedy for this?

A: Elongated internodes are normally caused by shade and/or too much water with an absence of wind (i.e. if kept indoors). If no other spot is available grow only plants which normally grow in shaded areas (maples, etc.), reduce watering and increase nipping the young shoots. There certainly will be no loss of trunk thickness, this is only an optical illusion due to longer branches and longer leaves.


 

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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.