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July has arrived and warm weather is our challenge of the month. Last month we discussed over watering or excess moisture. How quickly concerns change; this month we address lack of moisture. Our little trees continue to aspirate water as they grow. On very warm windy days approaching 100 degrees bonsai may require watering twice daily. Finished bonsai are often displayed in very shallow pots containing a very limited amount of soil. Even correctly blended porous bonsai soils described in the how-to articles on this web site may not provide 24 hrs of moisture. Carefully monitor small tender leaves on deciduous trees for indications of wilting. These small tender leaves are the most sensitive tree health indicator available. Correctly watered these small leaves should preferably show no to very, very limited wilting on these hot dry, dry days. Bonsai Artists should adjust soil composition and watering schedule based on these built in indicators. Again refer to the very informative article on this web site.
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