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Watering mame and shohin trees

Q: Mame or Shohin bonsai are my favourite kind of Bonsai but they are so difficult to keep watered. What is your secret of keeping them watered?

A: Mame are really not difficult to keep watered. Sink the pots into a tray of perlite or sphagnum moss or even fine gravel. Push the pots half-way down into this moist media. This will keep your mame moist for almost a week. This is also a good method to use when you are going on holiday and there is no one to tend your Bonsai.


 


 

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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.