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Summer heat creates an opportunity and a challenge. We must be ever vigilant as our little ones grow watching for problems. Many things can affect our small investments in time and effort. First and foremost are water and sunlight.The tender shoots at limb tips will bow slightly as they show the need for water (wilt). [low cost water meter] This point is reached just prior to plant damage occurring. Your watering cycle should be established such that bonsai don’t reach this point.Too much shade will cause long internodes and yellowing of leaves. Leaves should have a rich green color. Too much sun on most Japanese Maples will cause burned spots. Thus sunlight needs are species dependent. Small holes equal insect damage, insecticide needed. Lack luster look with tiny webs, possibly spider mites. To find spider mites hold a white sheet of paper under a limb and tap it firmly shaking the branch. Rub your finger over the sheet of paper and look for red smears. Treat with a good miticide per instruction. A yellowish look with a weak appearance is possibly a fungus, use a fungicide. Many things can affect bonsai, a great source of information is a local Bonsai group, join one and enjoy the benefits of the many years of experience they have accumulated.
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