Bonsai Tasks for September

Spring of 2014 in the UK started earlier than usual followed by an exceptional summer and growing season for our bonsai and plants. A consequence of which is that many of us are already well into the beginnings of a colourful Autumn.

While our Bonsai and plants have begun putting on a show for us, we need to remember that after all this hectic summer growing and bulking up our bonsai are now entering a time of storage and recuperation to deal with the coming harsh realities of winter.

Helping our Bonsai recover from this summer stress is crucial to ensuring their health and longevity. While it may like our Bonsai are shutting down for winter they are in fact taking up nutrients to sustain them over the dormant stages of winter. As they are now diverting energy from growth activities to life sustaining and energy storage systems, we need be extra mindful of our watering and feeding regime at this time of the year.

Our Bonsai are not using as much water as they were in summer, but they are still using a fair amount of water to retract the sugars (which is what causing all the lovely autumn colours) to the roots and branches and to build up their immune systems and storage for the coming cold, but more importantly for next years new explosion of growth.

Our Bonsai during this period need 'top-up' watering rather than a full watering, but as always let the soil dry out at the surface before watering and only water in the morning.

Feeding our Bonsai and plants at this time of the year is about helping them build their immune system and drive root growth. At Ma-Ke Bonsai we use an organic mixture of Seaweed and Molasses during this period, the seaweed extract build up their resistance and immune system will the molasses helps with bulking up root growth buy improving soil activity.

Ma-Ke Bio-Tonic mix is sold in small 100ml Bottles. It is used diluted at 10 ml per litre of water and the bonsai pot is given a through soaking with its solution. Apply every 15 days between End August to Mid November.

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Mark D'Cruz
Bonsai Artist and Teacher

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