he beautiful Panhandle in Northwest Florida
Is the Home of 

Fort Walton Beach Bonsai Society 
(since 1973)
44 years and counting
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The Cold Is Coming

Lee Vanderpool

You should have stopped fertilizing by now with the exception of a light application of 0-10-10 on pines and junipers. Needle trees never really go dormant in our climate, they just slow down top growth and the roots keep on developing. Now is the time to begin getting your tropical bonsai ready for colder weather by moving them to more shade so they will stay cooler and stop putting out new foliage. The overhang of your house or under a large tree would be perfect. When the nighttime temperatures fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, move tropical bonsai into an unheated garage or an unheated porch. If most tropical  bonsai get too cool, they will generally drop their leaves although they will recover fairly quickly when warmer temperatures return. Best not to take chances, though. Although trees will not require as much water during cooler weather, be sure they do not dry out completely. If there is a wind blowing, shallow bonsai pots can become as dry as if there were higher temperatures. Be cautious. Check each tree every day to ensure that they are sufficiently moist to maintain the health of the tree. Now is the time to begin cleaning pots, mixing soil and the other myriad small chores necessary to get a quick start when spring come in a few months. Have a good Fall.


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