Category: Bonsai Tips and Techniques

How to read plants

By Tim Barton, Mono No Aware

In another blog post, I described how we all carry the information from our past with us. What is true is true for everything, and this same principle applies to plants in a very interesting and useful manner. Like everything else I know this information was adapted from others, in this case my primary bonsai teacher, Peter Tea.

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Keeping track of your bonsai

General meeting program February 2, 2020 – This meeting presentation was on keeping track of your bonsai. Presenters showed how they keep track of their own trees. Click image to view presentation >> Click the image to view the presentation
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Miralax also for NEEM

The Mullet Wrapper by Terry Davis
bonsai.terry@gmail.com

Earlier I suggested Miralax as a good way to emulsify Tea Tree Oil, which may be a good all—purpose fungicide/bactericide. Well, Neem oil is also really hard to emulsify, so try that with it at 1tsp/gallon.  If needed, try two. I used a tbsp., and suspect that was overkill, but then Tea Oil is a little easier to emulsify than a hydrocarbon oil. Now Neem is not very much of a pesticide, but it has fungicidal activity, too.  (It has been recommended for pine tree needle blights). There is also an old USDA publication that claimed Neem was effective against borers inside the wood.  Now, next to nothing that you are allowed to use, (like Lindane) will do that.

But one thing Neem does well is to act as an antifeedant: it keeps bugs off, for quite a while.  A friend was having trouble with gall wasps on ficus, and this may be a solution.  It works because it smells like garlic-breath.  So those who recommend you spray it and wash it off: don’t. An don’t use it indoors if you want to stay married.

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Running Deep

by Terry Davis
Terry Davis image by RDS

The idea we are taught of layering finer soil over coarser soil doesn’t work. Leon Snyder calls this a “perched water table” (more…)