TEMPERATURE

                Fuku-Bonsai's True Indoor Bonsai grow best between 65F and 85F.  This is within the temperature range of most interiors, but not all!  Especially in cooler climates, a business may not heat their building during evenings or on weekends and temperatures may drop and plants may be damaged. 

                Each year around February, we get requests for assistance when plants that have been doing well for several years suddenly begin to die even if kept in the same place, given the same seasonally adjusted amount of water, and not having been overly fertilized.  We've had instances where we've suggested that the symptoms seem to be cold damage, and when the owner checks, they report that the building had a new policy of not heating over weekends.  This happened a year or two ago in California when heating costs soared. 

                Fuku-Bonsai plants are sold in Hawaii by authorized retailers with the plants strapped to a filler.   The export certification label seals the clear polybag and states in large letters:   "KEEP FROM HEAT AND COLD!"  Some plants are damaged when the plants are left in hot rental cars with the hot sun directly striking the plants.  Other plants may be exposed to freezing cold while enroute home. 

DAMAGE IN SHIPPING

                Fuku-Bonsai has a limited warranty that covers only the plants that we ship directly from the Kurtistown nursery.  We will not assume responsibility for our plants when shipped by others. 

HEAT OR COLD DAMAGE SYMPTOMS

                Plants exposed to extreme heat or cold turn completely black within a day or two!  In extreme cases, every part of the plant is black and it quickly turns into a soggy mess!   Return immediately for replacement.  Sometimes all leaves and the leaf stem turn black but the oldest part of the trunk of the tree remains a tan color with the newest part of the trunk and the newest leaf remaining green.  If this happens,   inform us by email and we'll extend our warranty period if you prefer to try to bring it back.

FIRST AID PROCEDURES FOR HEAT OR COLD DAMAGED PLANTS:

            1.  Rinse the entire plant to remove any damaged leaves.  Totally saturate the plant by allowing it to sit in 2" of water for 30 minutes. 

            2.  Place on a plate and seal it in a clear polybag. Blow up like a balloon and seal. Place in a warm area receiving bright indirect light.  The high humidity will provide an even growing environment to help to stabilize the plant.  Smaller plants can use larger zip-lock baggies.  A large wide-mouth glass jar or an aquarium with the top sealed with a plastic sheet covering the opening can also be used.  These terrarium-like conditions reduce the plant's nutrient requirements and this makes this same first aid procedure effective when a plant may otherwise die due to other reasons.  

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This series of articles will attempt to explain the various factors affecting plants.  This will continually be amended to include recommendations or suggestions of how to improve your environment to get the best possible growth. Continue to:

                  *     Light
                  *     Water, Humidity & Moisture
                  *     Fertilizing
                  *     Problems, symptoms, & first aid
                 *      Bugs, Insects, & Other Critters
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