Summer Bonsai Care | The Bonsai Supply

All right, [, Music, ], hey, what’s up guys, jerome here from the bonsai supply and welcome to today’s video, which is going to be of course, about summer care. Now we are going to be talking about tropical trees as well as temperatures um.

Now, there’s some important topics that we are going to be covering today, such as watering fertilizing insect care, repotting summer work, as well as the placement of course. So let’s get started with the very first one, which is watering.

So when we talk about watering, it is important that we do not treat all the trees exactly the same, so we kind of have to differentiate them from one another, so trees that actively grow throughout the summer time, which are going to be mostly tropical trees.

We have to keep them well water right because as they grow and they put on a lot of growth for us, we have to keep them watered, so they can continue to push out more growth. Now, on the temper side, however, a lot of trees, especially deciduous trees.

They stop to grow in the summertime for a short while. So that means that they do not need to have as much water. The soil doesn’t have to be soaking wet throughout the day, since they don’t produce any growth.

We don’t have to keep them that well water, but we still want to make sure that the soil does not dry out completely so with trees that stop to grow. We might want to pull them from the full summit. Now then.

What i do is i go ahead and i miss the canopy, so i miss the canopy twice a day. I miss it once in the morning and then also in the mid to late afternoon and that kind of helps to cool down the tree. So, even though that they are not actively growing, they still need to be cooled down a little bit and through the foliage missing the foliage that can help cool down the tree.

Now there are a few tips and tricks in terms of watering like, for instance, this wisteria right here right, which is a temper tree. It is still growing like crazy. It has not skipped a beat and it is growing so actively.

Look at all of this growth right here, so what i do with a tree like this, i take a little um dish, uh filled with water, and i place it underneath the pot so that there’s enough moisture that for the tree to absorb, even after i water It so i do keep this wisteria well water from the top every day, but then i also keep it in just a little shallow dish of water and that helps it continue to grow more, but it also prevents from getting brown leaves because wisterias they like to Grow in full sun and another example, for instance, is the ball cypress.

It is grown in full sun in the summertime it pushes out so much more growth. That’S another tree that i keep in a little shallow dish of water, which will prevent it from getting brown leaves, but also will help it put out more growth, so once again treat each tree on a case by case basis.

So now we have to talk about repotting in the summertime and when we talk about repotting in the summertime, we specifically only talk about tropical trees because in the summertime, when it’s nice and hot and the tropical trees are actively growing.

That’S when we want to go ahead and repot the tropical trees. Now i really like to defoliate all of my tropical trees when i repot them, except for jades, i mean you can still defoliate a jade, but i would like i would wait a week before you repot just to slow down the water movement in the tree um, But it’s really the only tree tropical tree that i do not really care about the foliating, but aside from the js idiofoliate, everything like ficuses or tamarinds or bougainvilleas, whatever you can think of, and the important thing is for flowering trees or fruiting trees.

Wait for the flower and fruiting cycle to stop and then defoliate them and then repot them also make sure that it is in the mirror image the top to the bottom. So if you remove a lot of roots, also make sure that you remove a lot of branches, it has to be an exact mirror image and the reason why we defoliate our tropical trees and want to make sure that we have that exact mirror.

Image is because it is very stressful for any tree to be repotted right and when it is so hot and the tree just got repotted, it can be difficult for a tree to keep all of these leaves alive. It’S it’s a lot for the tree to focus on so instead of having the tree focus on all of the leaves, i want to make sure that it can focus on getting re-established in the pot and producing roots, and so that’s why i go ahead and defoliate All of my trees.

Now when we repot the trees in the summertime, we want to make sure that we keep them in the shade or like filtered light, especially in the afternoon until they have fully leave down again. So you can still keep them in the morning.

Sun and then move them in the afternoon or just keep them in filtered light all day long, and that would be really good for the tropical trees to recover now. The next topic on the list here is fertilizing.

Now fertilizing, i have a very simple rule, and that really applies to anything and everything if the trees are actively growing. Yes, i fertilize, if they don’t actively grow. No, i do not fertilize so tropical trees when they actively grow throughout the summer time.

I continue to fertilize them but, like i said, like some trees like, for instance, japanese maples are very known for that. They they stop, they stop to grow and they just kind of pause because it is so hot.

So those i do not need to continue to fertilize, because since they don’t grow, they won’t absorb any more fertilizer. And so therefore, it’s kind of like wasting your fertilizer right. So this time of year for trees such as buking fillias and desert roses that are now putting on a full canopy of flowers, i like to switch as soon as i see, the flower buds emerge to a blooming fertilizer, and i continue feeding the tree blooming fertilizer Until the flower cycle has ended, and then i continue with an all-purpose fertilizer and just continue down the road like that, go back and forth throughout the year between flowering and all-purpose fertilizer, so insect care, i think, is a very important topic to talk about in the Summertime because the insects are very active this time of the year – and you may have noticed in your bonsai garden as well, that you see a lot more uh, crawlers, ants and aphids on your trees.

So it is really important that you start to apply insecticide. So i actually start to imply apply insecticide already in early spring when a tree start to wake up now in the summer. I continue using the same methods for the insect care.

Are you see a granular systemic right which the tree will absorb and will protect the tree from the inside, and that applies for anything any single species out there? That’S what i like to do. The systemic is a great insecticide to keep your trees healthy and happy.

Now there’s another thing that i do is i like to rotate in between two or three insecticidal spray, on a monthly basis, so make sure that you choose insecticidal sprays that have different ingredients and that kill the insect a different way right.

So, for instance, i like to use one spray that has imidacloprid inside that kills everything on contact, but is also systemic, and that one is really good for insects such as like aphids and white flies that are actively growing right now, and then you want to have Another spray that kills insects a different way and perhaps kills different insects such as, for instance, mites right use, something like that.

That is a minor site that will take care of the mites in the summertime for you, um and so the first month. I spray this spray the next month. I spray this spray, and so i just rotate throughout until we get into cooler temperatures which for us is going to be mid to end fall and then i don’t have to apply insecticides anymore, but this is really important to keep your trees protected throughout the growing Season, because, once you have an infestation, it is so difficult to get rid of it, so it is much easier to work on a preventative, preventative care versus having to bring the trees back to health.

Now, here’s also a very important tip when you apply the insecticide either apply it early in the morning before the sun has risen or late at in the evening after the sun has set, and that does a couple of things number one you’re not gonna harm.

Any uh birds or bees or anything that’s important for the environment instead you’re actually hitting the adult insects that are gonna, be on the tree at the night time when it’s dark, they all return to the tree so you’re hitting them all at once.

Once they dry, they are no longer harmful for us humans or our pets, all right! So now, let’s talk about some of the summer care and summer work that you can do on your trees, um. So aside from repotting, which we talked about, that only applies to tropical trees.

You can also defoliate tropical trees and deciduous trees, and you know wire them style them prune them um. The same applies also for juniper. It’S a great time to work on junipers in the summer because they bounce back very quickly, um, a specie that i would not work on this time of the year is like a spruce because it does tend to have die back if you wire this time of The year, but pretty much all species or a fairly large amount of them, is a very good time to work on them this time of the year.

However, when you do defoliate them, when you prune them uh, when you style them and do a lot of work to them, keep them in the shade for a little bit until they start to grow again, especially junipers, for instance, when you work them, keep them a Little bit in the shade keep them out of direct sunlight, miss the foliage um, just until it starts to grow again, uh that will prevent tips from browning, but it’s also easier for the tree to recover.

But this is a good time to do this type of work now also removing large branches or doing large trunk chops. It’S a great time to do it at this time of the year, as well. Now, aside from repotting pruning the foliating wiring spraying for insects applying fertilizer, it is also a great time to work on the dead wood of your trees.

Like do carvings uh clean your dead, wood apply, lime sulfur, it’s a great time of the year since the sun is so strong. It’Ll absorb the lime surface so quickly and bleach the dead wood, and so that’s another thing that you can do this time of the year so now.

The last thing that we have to talk about is the placement of your uh tropicals, as well as temperatures. This time of the year now tropical trees, the majority of them like to be placed in full sun all day every day, uh, the more sun the better there.

There are some exceptions, such as teas and chiboticaba, which prefer to have either filtered afternoon light or shade. In the afternoon, aside from those two species in the tropical world, everything needs full sun in the deciduous world um.

When you see that um, some of the leaves start to kind of burn a little bit, it is a good time to then move them into like afternoon shade or after unfiltered light. However, burning the leaves does not hurt the tree.

It’S just if you want to take a treat to a show or something like that, and you don’t want your entire canopy to burn up. That’S a good time to move him, but i tend to just leave my trees out in full sun and the other canopy starts to crinkle the leaves not just remove them, and then they start to grow back once the temperatures start to drop a little bit.

So you can either move them or you can leave them out in full sun, it’s kind of like a personal preference junipers. I leave them out and pines as well. I leave them out in full sun throughout the summer time and, like i said i would miss them the foliage a little bit this time of the year and i actually missed all of my trees.

This time of the year, the canopy uh, the leafs. The tree responds really well to missing the foliage um. It starts to grow uh a little more quickly, uh, instead of like being so shocked just because it helps to cool down the um the tree when you’re doing that.

However, if you do see some trees that, like start to get yellow, leaves in the summertime, you might not be watering them enough or they might not like the hot sun. So just move them into the afternoon shade and you will be good to go so this kind of sums up our video today of summer care.

I hope that you guys enjoyed this video and i hope that you learned a little something about how to take care of your trees, this time of the year, the do’s and the don’ts, and if i may have forgotten anything or you have any questions.

Please comment below, let me know and i will catch you guys next time, all right.

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