Fall Bonsai Care

 – by Daniel Cruz

View of one bench of the bonsai selection

Fall is finally here and I couldn’t be happier to have the cooler weather we have had here lately. Gone for now are the days of just trying to keep plants alive and watered. By now you should have cut down fertilizing way back, 50% – 60% less.

The cooler weather will have caused most trees to put out an additional growth spurt. Keep an eye on any wired branches to ensure no branches become gouged by wire that is too tightly wrapped. Ficus in particular are fast growers and most likely to be gouged by your wire. Just like their full sized counterparts many conifers will begin a thickening and build up of their bark. Check your pines and junipers carefully and consider removing your wiring altogether or remove your wiring and replace, but slightly looser.

Deciduous trees will begin leaf drop soon, and this will give you a good opportunity to study your trees and make any plans for next year. Many bare bonsai trees are just as beautiful when bare of leaves, and look just as sturdy and strong as their bigger cousins. I only wish my maples looked as lovely as those grown in cooler climates, but I am truly happy for what I have. They look incredible in spring and even though I move them to shadier areas of my garden their leaves still turn brown around the edges. I was considering getting rid of my three maples, but decided that I would keep them. Just as many considered all the recent rain we have had lately a nuisance, many would consider it a blessing. I guess realistically, as much as we wish, we just can’t have sunshine on every day. To get rid of my maples because of a little leaf burn around the edges would be like hating roses because they have thorns.

Not too much work and lovely weather to boot!