My year around bonsai work in the Inland Empire, CA

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Such a misfortunate thing to happen twice! :(
I hope the tree will pull through like it did in the past!
What did you do with the opposum? Did you let it free in some distant place?
Yeah, this tree has a bad fortune! Thank you for your hopeness .
I caught this opossum a few days later!
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Then I released it back to the mountain about 3 miles from my home .
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Opposums are nasty critters! We had one that was living in a box in our barn, when I pulled it out that thing snarled and hissed at me something awful! Fortunately he stayed in the box, though.
 
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My mistake, my mistake!!
I found this Chinese elm shut down every thing this afternoon! I have let the drip system on it since I was off for vacation in June. Because it is very hot and dry at this time of the year, I let misty and drip system on for almost every trees (I really don't want to have this kind of water when I have enough time to take care the trees. Because it is too hot for me to stay outside more than 30 minutes in the afternoon, I'd rather let the automatic water system help me out)

The reason for this elm has severe dehydration is that the head of misty system had a direction change to outside of the pot instead of aiming to the soil! I believe the opossum passed through this area and pull of the water line led to this pot! I caught a big opossum yesterday :)

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All of its dry leaves are easily came off with slight touch by tool. I removed all of the leaves and unnecessary branchlets.
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Luckily, the branches are still soft. I watered the tree vigorously and placed it in the "recovery room".
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I hope it will survive as it did few years ago (it had the same problem while I was on summer vacation). This elm is one of my first trees given to me when I was just involved into the bonsai hobby 11 years ago!
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Wishing the best for your Elm! This post makes me nervous as i observed a mother raccoon and three kittens pass through my Bonsai Nursery the other day! Watering systems require constant checking despite their benefit. At least they were not attracted to my organic fertilizer. I thank the Neem Meal base for that aspect.
 
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Really big it was!
Yes, this opossum is about 2 kg !

Opposums are nasty critters! We had one that was living in a box in our barn, when I pulled it out that thing snarled and hissed at me something awful! Fortunately he stayed in the box, though.
I heard the opossum's jaw and teeth are very strong. One of my friend told me that if you use the flash light and point to its face, it will just stare at you, and you can grab its neck from behind! :eek:

Wishing the best for your Elm! This post makes me nervous as i observed a mother raccoon and three kittens pass through my Bonsai Nursery the other day! Watering systems require constant checking despite their benefit. At least they were not attracted to my organic fertilizer. I thank the Neem Meal base for that aspect.
Thank you for your wish. Yes, we have to check the drip system frequently. Because most of my pots are placed on the ground, it is difficulty for me to check daily! :oops:
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My teacher has been growing this J. procumbens nana for about 30 years. Its whole life is in container.
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It was pruned yesterday. I plan to style it as the literati.
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Jin was made
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Because it is so weak due to severe root bound, I just added on the new soil to the pot (it is too hot and dry to do transplant at this time). I plan to graft Itoigawa shimpaku on it when it is healthy.
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