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BONSAI MAINTENANCE CALENDAR

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This BONSAI MAINTENANCE CALENDAR is for the Newcastle Area (N.S.W. Australia)

DISCLAIMER

The calendar is intended as a guide only as there are seasonal variations not just from year to year

but within the Newcastle area from suburb to suburb within the same season and year.

This information is not comprehensive, it's a guide only and the Club accepts no

responsibility for any problems arising from following the advice in this calendar.

Monthly Clendar

YEARLY MAINTENANCE CALENDAR

January

February

March

Watering continues to be our main job till the end of summer and last month's notes are

relevant for January as well.

As was the case for December and January, watering and protection from the scorching sun are the main priorities this month.

We are now into Autumn which is my favourite season because it is so much more stable, weather wise, without the extreme heat of summer (hopefully).

April

May

June

We’re now into the second month of autumn and your deciduous trees will soon be

showing colour.

As the cooler weather is now with us, your trees subsequently require less watering, especially your deciduous trees.

There's not too much happening with the growth of our trees over the next couple of months, but before you start thinking you'll have time to put your feet up, here are a few

jobs that might need attention.

July

August

September

Now that we are in the middle of winter we are watering much less frequently, especially our deciduous trees, however, if the winds should pick up, they can dry the trees very quickly.

As we all know, the ideal time to repot deciduous trees is at budswell, just prior to the

leaves opening. My elms don’t quite know if it is winter or spring with many of them

still clinging on to last years’ growth and just as many already bursting into Spring

growth.

I would envisage that everyone has completed their repotting of deciduous trees by now, however, if you haven't and the trees have already burst into new leaf, you should either wait until the new growth hardens or wait until next year before repotting.

October

November

December

We are now well and truly into Spring and the warmer weather is certainly making trees grow quickly. Remember that the best way to keep the trees compact and improve

ramification (branch network) is to continually prune.

Remember not to use scissors on the foliage of conifers, as they will brown off. Just

pinch out the unwanted growth and only use scissors to cut branches back to length.

With the onset of summer and that dreaded heat, now is the time to be thinking about

precautionary measures to ensure our trees survive this harsh time of year