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watering a bonsai

Post  hirow08 on Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:28 pm

Hi guys,

Just curious because i read from a book that "it's not good to water bonsai's late in the evening" say around 8-10pm since it's cold and it may cause some problems like root rot etc. But im wondering how come when it rains..?? any truth to this?

Silly question from a newbie... Very Happy

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Post  Guest on Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:35 pm

Hirow,

here in our place in the tropics, I water my trees any time. sometimes I even water my trees 2AM in the morning...tonight just after 9pm i watered the trees again specially those under my glass roof.
dont worry about watering time as long as the soil composition is right you wont have a problem.

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jun

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Post  hirow08 on Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:15 pm

Thanks for that! it clears up everything Very Happy "Check the soil first before watering your bonsai" Very Happy fwiw

I also got the chance to read the article about the effect of rain on our bonsai on bonsai4me.com (a very helpful site for beginners like me) said it would take at least 2-3weeks of heavy rain before it causes a problem on our bonsai.

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Re: watering a bonsai

Post  JimLewis on Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:51 pm

any truth to this?

No. (And I can't imagine the water getting cold enough to matter where you live, anyway.)

As you say, it rains day and/or night almost everywhere.

The IS a small grain of truth in it, though because if you water so the leaves get wet, they dry more slowly at night and there may be more chance to spread fungus diseases.

Soil will also stay wet longer at night because evaporation is less, but unless you are keeping your trees soggy, this probably isn't going to be an issue, either.

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Re: watering a bonsai

Post  hirow08 on Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:36 pm

Got it! Just something goin on in my head in case i came home late and somewhat wanted to water my trees late at night would not hurt much if it happens like 2-3 times per month.

Thanks a bunch!

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Post  Hawaiian77 on Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:58 pm

Howzit hirow08,

I also water my bonsai's in the evening because of the simple fact of evaporation. As Jim said," it stay wet longer at night because the evaporation is less" especially if you use liquid fertilizer to feed your trees. As you water in the morning the sun will evaporate the water sooner then in the evening so the liquid fertilizer will stay longer in the soil so the roots can absorb it better.

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Post  hirow08 on Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:20 am

Wow! I'm really learning a lot! ThumbsUp
Got my first bonsai 2 days ago(actually second bonsai, first one was like 4-6yrs ago Very Happy) This one i'll take care the same way as my eldest son grows up Very Happy Very Happy

Great! thanks!

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