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Reflecting back on 2002 – and a Happy New Year!

As we reflect back on 2002 we are extremely happy to think of all we have accomplished during the year in assisting all our loyal customers with their Bonsai Supply needs. It goes without saying, really, that without you, our customers, and your feedback we would be in the dark so to speak as to what you really need in the way of Bonsai Supplies. We do appreciate your words of encouragement and your constructive criticism as it concerns our website and our mode of operation. Now, we must forge ahead into the new year and hope that we will be able to do as good or better during this time.

Gosh! What to do in January……???

Well, this is a month that we just try to hold on. Your Indoor Bonsai are in a situation that is very stressful for them as they are getting virtually minimal light and desert atmosphere with your heating system. Remember to water well – meaning keep the soil moist…….not soggy wet…..You should be checking daily to be sure your Bonsai has moist soil. Give your Bonsai as much light as you can…..either natural or artificial. Natural means natural sunlight. This can be from outdoor exposure if your outdoor temperature is warm enough for your Bonsai or on a windowsill if the temperatures don’t get down to freezing this close to the outside with only a pane of glass between death from freezing and a cozy temperature. The artificial light can be from a incandescent or fluorescent light source. If you use an incandescent light bulb keep it about 1 foot from your Bonsai and leave it on about 18 hours per day. A timer can assist you in this chore quite inexpensively. Remember that you can sunburn your Bonsai the first time you use your plant light if your Bonsai has had no light to speak of…… be careful.

Outdoor Bonsai will take special care this month on into February or so. They are in a dormant state, but that doesn’t mean that you can forget them. Again…..they need to be checked at least twice a week or so to insure they have enough moisture in their soil, that the winds haven’t knocked them out of their pot and let the roots dry out or that the critters that are out and about haven’t eaten the roots or bark off your Bonsai.

We should say that this month we are in a holding pattern and happily anticipating the arrival of Spring.

So…….. do what many of our customers are now doing….. namely…… ordering soil, new pots and all things necessary for the Spring Potting Season which is just around the corner. Please don’t procrastinate…..These things creep up on us all….It’s really stressful on our customer and us when we have to ship out 50 pounds of potting medium via overnight express……whew! Be a good Girl Scout and good Boy Scout and be prepared.

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