I'm interested in some resources that cater to growing bonsai in the tricky climate of Colorado. I've been growing for a year or so but would like to start to expand my collection of trees. Hoping I can get some good guidelines for how things differ here in Colorado as compared to the general 'how to care for bonsai' guides you see on the web.
My trees survived their first winter, but I've found that the intense heat and dryness of the start of summer has added a layer of complexity to keeping trees happy and health. I'm planning on putting up a 30% shadecloth for all my trees during these hot months to get started.
I'm working on a resource for this purpose as well. I'll let you know as soon as it's available.
Also, reach out to Darrell Whitley. I'll have to look for his email, but he is a RMBS member in Fort Collins with many years of experience.
Hey there! Have you started coming to our meetings yet?
Shadecloth can help, timing of morning vs afternoon sun can help, deeper pots can help, and you can also place your pots on the ground as a heat sink...which can REALLY help.
I can't recommend being a part of the meetings enough. We have some members who can help mentor you and we will likely have some home workshops coming up as well for the membership. (1 just completed last weekend)
The education portion of the website also has some good information including this short article by Andy Berry.