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Bonsai Hints and Tips #5 - West Australian Autumn:
This year autumn has slowly slinked into shorter days, giving us cool nights and glorious, sunny days. Our Bonsai respond in several ways to the change and we must be vigilant in our care to prevent unnecessary problems.
Firstly, shorter days mean less light and therefore less photosynthesis and slowed growth. Cool nights mean less evaporation of water from the soil.
will tend to get lush and green as their foliage grows larger to use maximum
available sunlight. It is time to give them more light by positioning
them where they will receive at least 2 - 4 hours of full sun. Also
rotate the pot so that all the sides receive a similar dose of sun.
Itís a bit like sunbaking. We want an even colour all round.
Watch for pest infestations such as ants, aphids, thrips or snails. These insects love the cool, damp weather and thrive on young shoots.
This is also a good time to repot certain Bonsai, and to start making Bonsai from scratch, either by seed, cuttings or nursery stock.
Good luck and above all, ENJOY your Bonsai....!
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