Protecting bonsai trees from Vine Weevils

Bonsai – Protecting bonsai trees from Vine Weevils

Vine Weevils attack plants grown in containers. All adults are females and lay hundreds of eggs in in one growing season. During summer months the adults eat the leaves leaving irregular edges. Where as the grubs live in moist and compost rich soil feeding on the roots of the trees resulting in wilting leaves, loss of vigor and eventual death of the trees. To control the Vine Weevils there are a number of methods, check all newly bought plants foliage for adult beetles and the root balls for larvae/grubs, best way is to return the infested plants. At repotting time if there are any vine weevil grubs these can be removed by hand. To control the larvae/grubs control by watering in to pots and containers a water solution with microscopic pathogenic nematode, Steinernema kraussei. For best results the pots and containers must be watered prior to the nematode application and also after the application so that the bonsai soil is moist. The grubs like wet compost rich soil and don’t like gritty quick draining bonsai soil mix. To prevent Vine Weevil infestation, the bonsai trees and patio container plants must be regularly repotted in fresh gritty soil which should be quick draining and low in or

Juniper

Juniper

Junipers are coniferous plants in the genus Juniperus of the cypress family Cupressaceae. Depending on taxonomic viewpoint, between 50 and 67 species of juniper are widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from the Arctic, south to tropical Africa, from Ziarat, Pakistan east to eastern Tibet in the Old World, and in the mountains of Central America. The highest-known Juniper forest occurs at an altitude of 16,000 feet (4,900 m) in south-eastern Tibet and the northern Himalayas, creating one of the highest tree-lines on earth.

Bonsai Branch Bender

This bender is very helpful as you become more advanced in bonsai. This tool is very adjustable and will easily handle tree trunks up to an inch. They are very low priced and can be left in place. I did a short demo video on this bender. Watch the Bonsai Branch Bender demo video.

Bonsai Knob Cutters


A good pair of Bonsai Knob Cutters is essential for advanced bonsai artistry. These tools are great for gettting in close and removing small buds, branchs, gins, and inperfections. This is a high quality pair and is made from carbon steel.

Bonsai Tweezers

This is probably not the first bonsai tool I would buy, but it sure comes in handy. There is always something small, like a bud or a bug that needs to be grabbed. This type is good because there is a blade tool on the opposite end. This can be used to loosen the plant from the edge of a pot.

Bonsai Leaves Branch Shears

For a smaller hand, the best pair of shears is Bonsai Leaves Branch Shears. The smaller opening allow the user greater control and the length allows you to reach deep inside a plant and clip interior leafs and branches.

Bonsai Knife

A good sharp Bonsai Knife is one of the most important tools you can have. There are so many uses that I can't even list them all. You just need it there when it is needed.

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