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Bonsai Banter Issue # 029 - Keeping Cool
August 02, 2012

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Another Heat Suggestion

Last month’s Bonsai Banter notes about bonsai and the heat, got lots of attention. I hope many of you got the same results as Maggie from New York.

I was very happy to read your blog about shading your pots in hot weather. It's been brutal here (NY). I went out and covered my pots with wet towels and the trees looked a lot happier next day.”


Avoid displaying your trees on surfaces that can reflect heat, such as concrete or slabs (especially in the sun.) Consider moving them at least temporarily.

Keeping Cool

Some folks who get this newsletter are not in the USA. Just want to mention, many of our states are going through one of the hottest summers on record. Even though there are no records where I am, it is still hot.

I've been spending a lot of my days indoors, in the air conditioning working on my website.

Site Build It is the program I use to create my site and they recently had an amazing upgrade.

I envy anyone just getting started on a website with this new program.

I liked the old one, but now this makes non-techie me look like I know what I’m doing!

In addition to converting my website to the new system, I’m also updating my ‘Bonsai with Tropicals’ book. (More AC work!)

I was perusing it again (for about the hundredth time)and I came across this paragraph. It still makes me laugh.

Late Night Notes

Those of you who write magazine articles and/or create club newsletters, know how sloppy things can get when you’re tired. One night, very late, I wanted to send a quick e-mail to a client about his pest problem. I wrote:

“Snails chew leaves and sometimes bark.”

Woof, woof I thought.

When I stopped laughing, I changed the sentence and shut down the computer for the night.

Bonsai Benches and a Pest P.S.

Benches need care too! No matter what kind you have, keep them clean. Wood can become infested with insects.


One big problem – especially in the tropics – is root mealy bugs.

I have seen bad infestations continue out of containers onto old wooden nursery benches and found live ones under pots on concrete slabs!

Recent New Page

Tamarindus indica
as bonsai is the latest page on the Bonsai-Mary site.

The Tamarind is one of my all time favorite tropical bonsai trees. I don't think it is used nearly enough.

I was especially pleased with how the photos turned out. Thanks to everyone who shared.

Who Says Bonsai People Are Too Serious?

Check out this little man at the bottom of the Wire Sculpture page.

Summer Lingers

There’s still plenty of heat left in this brutal season.

If you find you're ignoring your bonsai, go ahead admit it, it's too hot to work outside. Think about creating a temporary little nook in your home to work on trees.

One tree at a time won’t take up much space.

Throw a piece of cheap plastic (painter's drop cloths)over a table. When through for the day, the bonsai goes back outdoors, roll up the plastic with cuttings, soil etc. and toss it.

The AC won’t hurt the trees on a short term basis, but it will sure feel good to you.

Have a Bonsai Business?

If you do – before you say “No” to BonsaiMary advertising –

look at these numbers.

Until Next Month

Wear sunscreen and drink lots of water!

Thanks so much for subscribing and please tell your bonsai friends.

Most sincerely,

Mary Miller

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