January Bonsai Tips Keeping the Frost at Bay
Welcome to our monthly series of Bonsai tips. We are a little late with January, from February onward our monthly tips will go live on the 1st of each month. We do hope you enjoy them. If you have any tips to share please do leave a comment below or start a conversation on our Facebook page : Facebook.com/WessexBonsaiSociety
January Bonsai Tips :
January is normally a quiet time for most bonsai enthusiasts. Trees need less watering, if required it’s best to water during the early part of the day, but not if you’ve experienced freezing temperatures as this could cause the root ball to stay frozen. If the weather does not get above freezing day and night keep your trees cold but protect from the frost and ensure they thaw during the day. It is also worth using a systemic insecticide to help keep pests at bay throughout the year, during January and February.
Now that some of your Bonsai trees have no leaves, inspect from every corner. Seeing what the tree looks like with no leaves will help to plan what you would like your tree to look like when in full bloom. For those that do not shed their leaves again look at them regularly as during the next few months. They will start to grow and probably sprout from every corner, try and imagine them in the height of the summer, are there any cross over or straight branches, will the new growth block too much light, BUT do not prune, mark the branch that you think you might want to remove later, as it might be the wrong one and sadly you cannot stick them back on with superglue.
Now is the time to clean the shed, wash the pots, start the shopping list, book time off work for the shows that we get invited to, mark off all meetings in the diary for the coming year, as often February is full speed ahead.
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