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Question: bonsai

what can i do, my bonsai most has dry branches, I would like a tip thanks


Answer: bonsai

Dear Graziano,

the desiccation of the branches of a bonsai plant is quite frequent among newbies, and is one of the main reasons why when you are going to learn the art of bonsai, you often follow the advice to start with low cost plants, possibly cars produced from seed or cutting, so that any "losses" do not affect our portfolio too much; the cost of 10 seedlings produced by cuttings is decidedly low, just a little land and a little bit of fear, while the cost of a bonsai already worked, which may even be a few dozen years old, obviously can be very high, and the death of such plant can quickly make us decide to stop growing bonsai. Since you don't tell me what kind of plant it is, I can only give you some general indications. Consider that the trees grown in bonsai are grown in very small pots, with the root system that is periodically pruned and shortened, in order to force the plant to a controlled development, with very short internodes. The soil contained in a bonsai pot usually consists of a few handfuls, therefore it is essential to provide the correct watering, and place the plant in a suitable place; For this reason, watering a bonsai is a very important cultivation practice: the soil must often be kept fairly humid, or in some plants, the watering must take place as soon as the soil has dried. So, in summer, with a plant placed on the terrace (to give an example) it may be necessary to water every morning, because the hot and dry climate can completely dry the earthen bread in the pot, even for a few hours. In the same way, if we water excessively, the result will be to make the roots of the sapling "suffocate", causing serious damage to the plant, and stimulating the development of fungal diseases, which can also be very harmful for a bonsai plant. The desiccation of the branches can occur for both of these problems, which can also occur associated: plants that are left without water for days, and then are watered excessively for a few days in a row. Another factor that we must follow in considering whether to water our bonsai or not is the climate and exposure to the sun: a small bonsai pot, placed on the terrace in full sun in summer, without rain, will take a few hours to dry; in fact most of the bonsai plants are kept in partial shade in the summer, so that the dry heat does not force us to water them every 3-4 hours. On the contrary, a pot kept in the shade, in a particularly rainy period of the year, may need to be moved to an area where it does not receive rains, so that the soil can dry between two waterings.

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