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    Watering on Vacation

    Hi,

    I recently bought a small Juniper. I am going on vacation in July. I am not really friendly with my neighbors, as I'm new to the block. Can anyone suggest methods for watering my bonsai? I don't want it to die. I will be gone for a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fender0327 View Post
    Hi,

    I recently bought a small Juniper. I am going on vacation in July. I am not really friendly with my neighbors, as I'm new to the block. Can anyone suggest methods for watering my bonsai? I don't want it to die. I will be gone for a week.
    Hi Fender0327, I don't know how small your juniper is. If it is too small, you can place it under the misty system. Otherwise, the drip system is ok for it. I have more than 100 small and giant bonsai and prebonsai. Every time I'm going to vacation, I put them under care of drip system and misty system 3 times a day, 10 minutes in the morning and at 5pm and 3 minutes at noon where the trees receive full sun all day long! and twice a day where the trees only receive morning sun. It worked fine for me who is living in the Inland Empire (really hot and dry in the summer). Good luck.
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    Placing it in the shade will also help slow the drying out of the soil from the hot sun. That is, if you have it outdoors, which you do have it outdoors, right?

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    Find a larger pot, maybe 3-4 times as large as your tree and pot, hopefully with just one small drainage hole (but it DOES need a drainage hole!). Fill it with sandbox sand. The night before you leave, saturate -- and I mean saturate -- the sand with water. Then, dig a hole deeper than the bonsai pot and bury your tree in the WET sand. Set both in the shade somewhere. Your tree should be fine for a week.
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    Watering while on vacation? I usually just find a spot with some trees near the road and run back in there to water .....


    Just one Bonsai is not enough to install a sprinkler system, I would look around and see who nearby might be into plants, you know a garden, nice flowers around the house etc. and introduce myself and ask would you watch my plant for a week, please.

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    1., bring it with you.

    2., call on local green house and ask if they'll plant-sit

    3., Over pot it with wet medium.

    4., sprinkler with timer

    All of these are fraught with problems. Personally I like # 1 & 4, and have used both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jkl View Post
    Find a larger pot, maybe 3-4 times as large as your tree and pot, hopefully with just one small drainage hole (but it DOES need a drainage hole!). Fill it with sandbox sand. The night before you leave, saturate -- and I mean saturate -- the sand with water. Then, dig a hole deeper than the bonsai pot and bury your tree in the WET sand. Set both in the shade somewhere. Your tree should be fine for a week.
    What he said - no need to worry it for a week
    "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet

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    I have my window boxes on a timer and love it. Never worry all summer. You can probably get an electronic timer and a drip on it for about $30.

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    Thanks everyone. My juniper is small. Pot is about 8" wide and the it's about 2 years old. I was also wondering if those watering spikes work. Anyone?

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    I just went on a week vacation and tried something with about 20 trees. I watered them well the night before I left, soaked newspaper, covered the top of the pot with the wet newspaper and put wet newspaper on the bottom of a plastic bag. I put the plant in the bag and cinched it up over the top of the newspaper. I put them all in a shady location that gets a few hours of early morning sun. I also cut a few holes in the bottom just in case of rainstorms. I didn't want the water to collect in the bag.

    It seems to have worked well enough. The St. Louis weather consisted of a few rainy days and 85 degree days so relatively mild. This may have helped the matter. I did this with conifers, deciduous, some with all inorganic (my main worries) some with a mix of inorganic and organic.

    If I were to have one in late July or August I may not have attempted this, especially after last years drought.

    Just another idea to consider. Not sure if anybody else has tried this.

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