Tip of the Week #21
Welcome to our next installment of "Tips
Of The Week".
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Interested in past articles? There's
a list at the bottom of the page.
Thanks go out to Dan from Alpharetta,
Georgia for a question he asked which led to this installment of "Tip
of The Week."
If you are a regular visitor to this site,
I'm sure you've noticed that the "Tips" are anything but weekly. The reason
is that with all my other duties, there never seems to be time to sit
down and think of a new topic.
John Palmer, the editor of "Bonsai Today
Magazine" (The BEST bonsai magazine ever written - "www.stonelantern.com")
has written an editorial in every issue for 12 years now. In issue #72,
he writes "I really have nothing to say. This is the first time in 72
issues that this has happened." John, I know how you feel. He must write
something every issue. My advantage is that if I have nothing to say,
I don't write a new article. Most of these articles are in direct response
to questions from readers. If you have a question please write.
And now for the question. Dan writes "In
the current tip of the week you discuss sun and light requirements. I
thought I'd mention those should vary considerably with location also.
Here in Georgia we get some pretty intense summers. I'm not sure a Japanese
Maple in a bonsai pot could stand direct sun for even a few hours. I don't
aim to let mine see more than morning sun directly. Everyone here talks
about leaf burn on those planted in direct sun even in the ground."
Dan, you're 100% correct. I sometimes
forget to "Think Internet." Not everyone lives in the same area as I do.
If you live in a sub tropical or tropical climate, direct sunlight can
be a problem. There are a couple of ways to deal with it. One is displaying
your bonsai collection along an east-facing side of your home or garage.
This will provide full shade from noon or so every day. If this is not
practical, you can erect a "wall" using something solid such as "stockade
fence" facing east. If there's a large tree in the right area, your collection
can be placed under it in a location that will shade your bonsai from
the midday sun, but give direct sun in the early morning and late afternoon.
If all else fails, there's always wood lathe, which is thin strips of
wood which criss-cross each other to block out 50% or more of the sunlight.
It's also available in other materials, and can be found at any good home
improvement center or lumber yard. As I mentioned in "Tip #20" trees build
up a tolerance (similar to sunburn) to the sun. If you get a bonsai that
may not be used to a lot of direct sun, put it in a shaded location, and
move it into the sun a little more each week over a 4 to 6 week period.
The most important thing to remember in any climate is that the more direct
sun your bonsai gets, the more often you must water it. An automated system
with a programmable timer and sprinkler is a blessing if you're not home
to water during the day, or if you travel.
Interested in past articles? Click for your
#1-Things to do in the spring
#3-Planning a trimming schedule
#4-Trimming Japanese Maples
(And other trees with opposing Buds)
#5-Trimming Chinese Elms
(And other trees with alternating Buds)
#6-Trimming Conifers (Such
as Pine, Juniper and Cypress)
#7-Improving Your Bonsai
#8-Things to Remember During
the Winter Months
#9-Some Thoughts About Tree
Roots. Their Strengths & Weaknesses
#10-Potting Medium: The
Foundation of a Bonsai
#11-Growing Bonsai Under
#12-The Importance of Moss,
How To Get It & Put It On a Bonsai.
#13-The Right Tool For
#14-Root Over Rock Planting.
#15-Wiring - Copper or
#16-Wiring - Basic Techniques
#17-Using A Cold Frame,
Garage, or Tool Shed For Wintering
#18-Making A Cold Frame
For Wintering Temperate Bonsai.
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