December Bonsai Tips

Christmas December bonsai tips

You definitely need to sort out the winter protection for your bonsai, it could be cold greenhouse or cold-frame is these are ideal for any tree thought to be susceptible to frost damage; you can also control the watering by protecting them from heavy winter rains, they still need as light as possible in the short days of the winter.

It’s also advisable to keep checking for any sign of pests or damage to the bark or note mounds where the squirrels could be storing their acorns. Time to think about what is needed for next year – soil, chippings for repotting, suitable new pots, tools sharpened, suitable wire for your trees.

Now’s the time to get rid of all the clutter ready for the spring and repotting. To sit back and think of the achievements you made, constructively criticise what you have done so as not to make the same mistakes next year and to plan your action for the coming months, you could also sneak in the mentions of that would make a lovely Christmas present – you never know what you might get, the winner of the show in a couple of years’ time!!.

Also for Decembers meetings which is the Christmas Social 12th December 2017 7-9pm its a bring and tell – self criticism of your own trees over a drink and a few nibbles. We look forward to seeing your trees. Sunday Workshop 17th December 9am – 1pm

November Bonsai Tips

november bonsai tips

This is the time of year when the majority of trees will be dormant, so greatly reduce the water you give them and do not use any fertiliser other than bone meal.

Give all your deciduous trees a thorough inspection and if any dead leaves cling to the branches it could mean that pests have made their nests and ultimately spend the winter feeding on the bark. You could see unsightly scars and in some cases lead to the loss of smaller branches. Larches are especially prone to this.

As branches become bare it now the ideal time to spray with tar oil insecticide. Make sure you remove any wires previously forgotten and keep removing moss to prevent pests making a home in the soil. A good watering with a soil pesticide will take care of leather-jackets or any other pests that live out the winter in the soil, without harming the roots, ensure you follow the manufacturers’ directions closely.

This month’s Diary Dates include the November Auction on the 14th and Workshop on the 26th.