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Emergency drainage measures

Q: We have been having a lot of wet weather and some of my pots have been very soggy and the trees do not look very healthy. I suspect that the drainage is inadequate. What should I do?

A: If the drainage in one of your bousai pots is deteriorating out of potting season, you can "temporarily" improve on it by making holes with an apple corer, removing cores of the old soil and replacing it with new ones. This is the simplest way to improve drainage without having to re-pot at the wrong time and risk losing a good tree. This method can also be used to fertilise with bone meal during the season.

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Random Bonsai Tip

If a tree lacks a branch in a specific place you could in arch or approach graft a branch in the required area or thread graft through the trunk using a long shoot of the same plant.