Bonsai: Summer season Upkeep | Bonsaiplace

With no nationwide exhibits in Spring and little or no membership exercise on account of Covid-related restrictions this yr, it gave the chance to permit bushes to simply develop, recuperate and acquire some vigour. Or is it simply laziness or procrastination that allowed for a few of my bushes to get out of hand, particularly within the weed rising division. With a bit extra time on my arms as a result of summer season break, it’s time to get some management again.

Earlier than on left and after fundamental upkeep work on the precise. It is a Privet (Ligustrum).

My regular manner of working is to start out on the backside and this case was no completely different. I ignored the weeds for now and first took all of the lifeless little twigs out. Within the technique of doing this, I found a solo paper wasp nest and needed to take away the offender and the beginning of the nest first.

Wasp nest.

Subsequent job was to take all undesirable progress out. This included spent flowers, crossing branches, branches going in opposition to the circulation, branches and twigs rising up or down. This created a extra pure pad form and with the trunk now extra open, it was determined to show the tree very barely to the precise. Meaning repotting and in the course of summer season, not such a terrific thought. This tree species is handled as a weed in New Zealand on account of its indestructible nature, unfold far and wide and pushing native species out. In different phrases, it’s fairly hardy.

The tree was taken out of the pot, some previous soil was raked out, however no roots have been reduce. This took care of the weed downside as properly. Again within the pot with some contemporary soil and in addition the slight twist. It’s now well-watered and within the shade for a couple of days earlier than it goes again on the bench.

Weeds: As Bonsai develop in comparatively small pots and the soil medium is sort of porous, you don’t want weeds in your soil competing for a similar meals supply. It’s higher to control this and take away weeds as quickly as they seem. Not solely will you’ve gotten extra vitamins obtainable for the tree, however by eradicating weeds whereas small, you additionally don’t disturb the tree roots when it’s a must to take away bigger weeds.

In abstract for summer season upkeep:

  • Take away all lifeless and sick leaves, twigs and branches.
  • Seal all massive cuts.
  • Take away pests.
  • Clip to form and the place obligatory apply gentle wiring.
  • Take away all weeds from the soil and pot.
  • Solely work on the foundation ball if it isn’t invasive work and you’ve got the power to offer exemplary aftercare. Don’t reduce roots right now of yr.
  • Water and preserve in a sheltered place.
  • Apply liquid fertiliser or tonic after which comply with up with a gradual launch granular fertiliser. I exploit Seasol after which a well-balanced fertiliser as Summer season progresses into Autumn. I additionally use Rhizotonic when obtainable.
  • Fro Northern hemisphere readers, please take observe that these bushes stay within the Southern Hemisphere (New Zealand).

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