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What to do in July

Now winter has well and truly arrived, and it’s time to get going with the repotting of deciduous trees, if you haven’t already started. Some of the species you should be working on include crabapples, maples, elms, wisteria, liquidambars, flowering […]

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What to do in June

With the sun lower in the sky during the colder months, you may need to move your trees around to get more direct sunlight. Keep frost tender trees under protection if frosts are likely in your area. To prevent your […]

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What to do in May

Autumn is well and truly on us now, with cooler nights and crisp mornings. We’ve also had a break from all that summer rain, so hopefully your deciduous bonsai will be starting to show some autumn colour. Keep the trees […]

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What to do in April

While the weather remains warm, it’s a good time to repot many species, particularly evergreens like pyracantha, cotoneasters, olives and star jasmine etc. Most can also be repotted in early spring, but I prefer autumn, as the daytime temperatures are […]

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What to do in March

Amazing to have experienced two such totally contrasting summers! This one just finished was so wet and cool, and the one before so hot and dry. I hope that you and your trees have survived both well. The main thing […]

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What to do in February

This summer, we have had quite a lot of rain and cooler days than is normal for this time of the year. We have also had COVID 19 restrictions in place, possibly limiting the movements of many of us during […]

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What to do in December and January

Summer is a very busy time for the bonsai enthusiast. For many species, spring growth will continue and one must be mindful of keeping vigorous trees trimmed to encourage short internodes. Watering is the most important task during summer, because […]

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What to do in November

During November, spring growth will continue and one must be mindful of keeping vigorous trees trimmed to encourage short internodes. Fast growing trees can be trimmed back to two leaves per branchlet, whilst less vigorous to four leaves. Australian natives […]

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What to do in October

Spring has most definitely sprung, and this is the time when most growth happens on the trees in our bonsai collections. Watering should now be done daily, unless rain occurs. Check afterwards that the soil is moist and the rain […]

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What to do in September

It has been a pleasant start to spring, with a little rain and warmer days. Your deciduous trees will be coming in to leaf (if they haven’t already) and you should have enjoyed some blossoms from such plants as prunus, […]

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