Bonsai and direct sunlight don’t go together in the high desert.

Good morning guys,

With all success and we love to talk about those and we also have failures and we don’t like to talk about those much, but here I go; today the root system on one of our coveted young Cape Honeysuckle possibly overheated, killing the root system, had nothing to do with moisture in the soil, wait had all to do with moisture in the root system. Let me explain: so the purpose of having a special bonsai soil is to retain some moisture yet also oxygen, keeping a balance for the root system to breath and drink, helping keep healthy specimen. But when your outdoor temp hits the hundreds the sun can turn your bonsai pot, specially the smaller pot into an instant oven. So how do we keep sun balance you ask?. Some people build expensive and elaborate 50% shade canopy cover systems to protect the bonsai nurseries from direct sun by allowing a 50% shade in intervals as the sun passes over.

Wait a minute everyone said to “leave it in the sun”, So we need to keep the Bonsai in the Sun. but we can’t keep the Bonsai the sun because the pot will get hot so how do we resolve this issue if i can build something like a bonsai nursery or special shading system?

My solution regarding outdoor bonsai in high desert location.  We all know our bonsai need sun, but what happen when the sun is direct and does not take long before it heats up everything to over 105 degrees °F or 40 °C and that will start cooking the root system on 90 percent of plants and trees. Specially if using a more organic soil system.

I have found something that has worked for me, will assist in keeping the direct sun off the pot and soil, basically what I’ve done is make a small canopy with a flat rate bubble white envelope from the US postal service. this help keep direct sun off the pot and top soil, preventing the root system from ever reaching dangerous temperature for your specimen. hope this helps keep your bonsai or plants cool in the summer heat. 

Caring for a Rosemary Bonsai

Rosemary Bonsai needs just a little more special care.

Your garden is part of your own personality and this is why; it is important to have a good herb garden design. Most bonsai lovers prefer Rosemary Bonsai tree in their garden. It is evergreen, semi-woody, grows rapidly and can tolerate short period of drought. Rosemary also has medicinal properties and helps in preventing and treat cancer, liver diseases, and asthma. Its lavender blue flowers have sweet fragrance. Rosemary is pest resistant. All these and many more qualities make it an integral part of every herb garden design. The various cultivable varieties of Rosemary bonsai are Blue Lady, Blue Spires, Golden Rain, Miss Jessup and Severn Sea.  While planting it there are many things that one should remember.

Planting Location-Sun Or Shade

Place the Rosemary bonsai at a location which receives six to eight hours of sunlight. It grows well in a warm and well ventilated location. But one should avoid placing their rosemary bonsai near heating stoves, direct heat and locations with high temperatures. The high temperatures can damage it and retard its growth. It is advisable to keep your bonsai indoors during winter.


It is advisable to water Rosemary bonsai regularly, although it is slightly drought resistant. It is preferable to water it in the morning. Mostly it requires water every two to three days. Check the soil moisture level with your finger before watering it.

Rosemary Bonsai
Bonsai & Teacups Rosemary Bonsai specimen.

 Always ensure that the potting container drains well as it cannot tolerate wet roots. Leaves of this bonsai have a benefit of absorbing water. So, misting water and fertilizers regularly on leaves helps in maintaining a healthy plant.

Regular Pruning And Re-potting

Rosemary bonsai requires regular pruning to control its shape and maintain its health. It is advisable to remove dry and dead branches in early spring. Trim the bonsai at regular intervals during growing season. The branches on inner side may become dense with time. Trim them to facilitate the easy circulation of air and easy penetration of light. It will promote healthy growth of your bonsai. The young rosemary bonsai requires annual re-potting while it is seen that mature rosemary requires re-potting every second or third year. While re-potting rosemary bonsai, its roots are pruned about one third inch. Avoid excess pruning as it can damage the plant. Remove excess soil and re-pot it quickly to avoid drying of the roots. After re-potting carefully water the plant.

Feeding And Caring For Your Rosemary Bonsai

The rosemary bonsai should be fertilized every six weeks between spring and mid-summer with a well balanced fertilizer. A well balanced fertilizer includes proportionate amount of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous. It is better to incorporate the fertilizer in half strength. The fertilizer should not be placed near the roots as it may burn them. Rosemary is susceptible to powdery mildew fungus, so it is advisable to spray sulfur containing fungicide once a month to have prosperous Rosemary Bonsai in your herb garden or bonsai garden design.

My Saturday

So Marilynn my beautiful wife is doing garage sale, so took the time to show some of my bonsai today. 

Even sold one this morning. Thank you Sandy From Henderson, Nevada. So we have open our Home for friends and the curious of the art of bonsai, to  join us for a cup of coffee and talk stories.


“Share your love and passion of your gift and talents with the world, it makes it a better place.” — Efrain Gonzalez.

Early Spring Tips: Patience and Perseverance

How Should You Prepare For Spring?

This time of year is fraught with danger for your bonsai trees. The deadliest of these dangers is impatience. Your bonsai has, thanks to your diligent care and attention, enjoyed a much needed rest over the winter and will soon be ready to reward you with a burst of spectacular spring growth.

What Should You Do For Outdoor Bonsai?

If you have potted outdoor bonsai in storage, be patient and keep it there until the weather is warmer. On those occasionally warm days, you should go out and check your bonsai to see if they are either dry or wet. If they are dry, go ahead and water; if they are wet, go ahead and put them on their side to aid drainage.

It is OK to open the doors on cold frames on warm days, but be absolutely sure to remember to close them at night. This will help keep the temperature more even and prevent the possibility of premature leafing.

Patience and perseverance: Remember, temperatures at this time of year fluctuate – a lot; during the day the wind can be strong and drying, and a frost at night is entirely possible and possibly deadly – both boundaries can cause irreparable damage to your bonsai.

So, please, for the sake and safety of your beloved bonsai tree, do not take them out during the day and then move them back in at night – Patience and Perseverance – it is far wiser to keep them in one place, a safe place – their winter storage; until all signs of frost have past.

What Should You Do For Indoor Bonsai? – If you have indoor bonsai it is imperative to remember that the dark and dreary days of winter have created all of the right conditions for: root rot, leaf drop and fungal concerns that can all wreak eternal havoc upon your bonsai.

The blissful nirvana that you created in your home for your bonsai trees to happily spend the winter in has, because of the lingering weakness of the sun’s rays, in many cases, left them starving for light. This hunger can be evidenced by leaf drop, persistently wet soil and an overall yellowish and unhealthy appearance. If this is happening to your indoor bonsai, once again, it is crucial to be patient!

Cutting back on the amount and frequency of watering is important and to get your trees as much sunlight or artificial light, such as florescent light, as possible.

When a bonsai looses its leaves, it looses its ability to transpire, which in turn prevents the roots from being able to absorb water, which in turn creates soggy soil conditions, which in turn leads to root rot, which, if not properly addressed with – patience and perseverance – will lead to the untimely demise of your beloved indoor bonsai.

So, at this time of year it is very important to remember to give your bonsai more light, keep the soil on the dry side (if the aforementioned conditions exist), and wait for the warmer and brighter days of spring to start applying small amounts of fertilizer – Not to fear, they soon will be here!