Welcome to our first installment of "Bonsai Tips".  As this feature is for the benefit of visitors to this site, I would be happy to hear what you would like to see covered here in future articles.  Please direct your E-mail to [email protected]bonsaiofbrooklyn.com
As of the writing of this article, spring is here. This is probably the busiest time of the year for bonsai enthusiasts. Following are some of the many things to remember.

1)-In areas of the country where the winter is cold, it's time to move your collection from their winter location to their summer location.

2)-Turn each bonsai out of it's pot & check the roots. If root pruning or re-potting is indicated, make sure you know what time of the year is best for that species.     

3)-Fertilization schedules should be made. NOTE: A newly potted or root pruned bonsai should not be fertilized for a month.

4)-You probably haven't paid much attention to your tools lately. Check them out while you have the time. Oil & clean as necessary.  A good tool cleaning block is invaluable.  We have 3 grades available on this site under "Tools - Tool Cleaners-Sharpeners.            

5)-Plan ahead. Determine which bonsai will need re-potting. Have the appropriate pottery and enough soil ready, and don't forget the drain hole screens.

There are, of course MANY MANY more things to do in the spring. Make a list of the things that come to mind for your collection in your part of the country. A little preparation will go a long way toward a successful year.

Above all, HAVE FUN. It's hard not to smile in the presence of a bonsai.