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August 30, 2016

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Tropical Bonsai

Out of The Tropics

The recent warm weather can be sneaky. It can tease us into thinking we can still do things with tropical bonsai that we shouldn't!

If you're still working on your tropicals, think about the recovery time! Get any root pruning done soon.

It may be hot today, but will it be warm enough to grow new roots before you need to take them indoors?

Ficus may not get too upset, but you can easily lose Black olive bonsai and Buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus) because of late season root pruning.

Photo: Enrique Castano's Bucida spinosa in Mexico

Hang on to Your Hat

and Your Bonsai

In the northern hemisphere, we've been experiencing one of the hottest summers ever. It's almost over, but, before it leaves it's decided to stir up some storms in the Atlantic.

(Hurricane season in both the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific extends from June 1 to November 30.) Coastal states, from Florida to Maine, as well as along the Gulf Coast states, such as Texas and Louisiana are always vulnerable.

If you are new to any of these areas, please do not take hurricane warnings lightly. They don't always end up exactly where they are forecast to hit!

The picture shown here is where I lived for over a year, while my home and bonsai nursery were slowly being rebuilt.

Most likely your bonsai will not blow away. However, they can be knocked off benches. Branches will break, benches may be destroyed. Pots will be broken. The biggest danger is not the wind, but flying debris. Debris such as roof tops, truck toppers and your neighbors' lawn furniture are not unusual.

In 1992, Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida. Mary Madison and I lived near each other. We were both devastated by Andrew.

I later discovered, in addition to pets and family, we both rode out the storm with our favorite bonsai indoors with us.

Give some thought to what you will do with your bonsai in advance. When (and if) the time comes, you will be busy deciding whether to stay or leave, and be trying to prepare your home.

My proofreader sent me this: "It's not just Hurricanes ... it's floods, drought and tornadoes too!" I agree, prepare your bonsai for any warning of disaster headed your way.

Beneficial Insects

Sarah Rees is a British Environmental Scientist and an excellent photographer. Sometimes the captions are as delightful as the photos themselves!

This shot was named "The Full Monty"

Lady Beetles, also known as Ladybirds, Ladybugs and Lady Bugs, are among the most easily recognized and are one of the most valuable Beneficial Insects

Coming Soon!

I've noticed, many of you have been looking at the back issues of Bonsai Banter. For old time’s sake, I took a look myself.

The first issue of this newsletter was published in January 2010. How could I ever forget that freeze? It gave me plenty to write about!

However, as I continued to review, I noticed a few anemic issues, some outdated information, and unfortunately a number of broken links.

I found myself getting a little frustrated, and realized you probably do too.

To resolve all this, I've decided to write an eBook on the ‘The Best of Bonsai Banter’ covering the first 33 issues.

Broken links will be fixed, outdated information and even a couple of issues will be deleted. (Don't worry, I'll tell you why.) Additional stories and photos that were not published earlier, will be added.

I think you will be pleased with the outcome of 'The Best of Bonsai Banter' eBook.

BonsaiMary Gets Mail

(From around the world!)

Tom R. wrote: "Dear Mary, You have created one of the better web sites on the subject of bonsai! Easy to navigate, comprehensive information and well written. Keep up the outstanding work! Yours in Bonsai"

It's kudos like this that keep any writer moving forward! Thank you Tom.



Roger S. - Canberra, Australia "I like your informative website, and especially your advice in Ten Steps to Good Bonsai I would like your permission to put this in my bonsai club's newsletter this month."

I do appreciate being asked and my response was yes, of course! If you see a page or article worth reprinting as a club handout or for a newsletter, drop me a line.



Tomas from Portugal Wrote a note about his recent bonsai experience, the bottom line was "how can I see if the maple tree is still alive?"

This is a fairly common question for beginners. The easiest way to tell is to lightly scrape a bit of the bark off. Alive, this will be fairly easy to do, if it is dead scraping may be a little harder. If it is still alive, underneath the bark will be a little moist and show up either green or light brown.



Crape Myrtle bonsai

(Please advise if you know the artist)

Rene W. - East London, Eastern Cape, So Africa "Good day Mary, Can one make a bonsai from the 'Pride of India' tree? If so how can it be done. This is a beautiful tree and hopefully it can be done."

Like so many tree names, 'Pride of India' is a common name. It is scientifically called Lagerstroemia, and there are many varieties all over the world, even different colors. One of the more common names is also Crape Myrtle. YES, it can become a bonsai. Any way a bonsai can be created, will work with this tree. I have attached two photos. One is of a Crape Myrtle in my yard and the other is a bonsai.



PS - I was going to send Rene a link to my Crape Myrtle page when I realized I don't have one! Now that's another thing on my 'list of things to do.'

If you have a crape bonsai you would like to share, I can always use more pictures!

With Appreciation

With an average of 30,000+ unique visitors a month to my website, I continue to "meet" many of you. If you have a question, an answer or a story to share, please

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Many thanks to all my subscribers who do continue to share bonsai thoughts, questions and pictures.

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If there's crazy weather where you are, please stay safe.

Most Sincerely,

Mary Miller

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