The bonsai banana trick

Just home from “Bonsaigarten Bentfeldt” in Lübeck, Germany after teaching bonsai. I also learned something new. The banana bonsai trick. Put a piece of a banana peeling on your bonsai branch, and it will not be attacked by aphids. Really? It seems so, and may be worth a try although you need to cope with the aesthetical appearance meanwhile. I managed to snap a photo of a bonsai before it was removed, and guests arrived at the bonsai garden. If it’s the pesticides sprayed on the bananas in the plantage or it also works with organic banana peelings may be a guess 😉

Japanese maple with a piece of banana peeling, keeping aphids away.
Japanese maple with a piece of banana peeling, keeping aphids away.

Below a few pictures from the work done during the weekend.

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