Bonsai things to do in Cape Town – December



DECEMBER





Month


Mean
Rainfall
mm


Rel.
Humidity
%


Daily
Sun­shine
Hrs


Temp.
Max
Celsius


Temp.
Min
Celsius


Dec

13,9

70

10,8

25,1

14,9


POSITION

The
sun
is
high
and
the
days
are
long,
humidity
is
very
low
so
trees
may
have
to
be
moved
to
partial
shade.
It
is
kind
to
most
bonsai
if
the
ambient
humidity
could
be
increased
by
placing
dishes
or
water
around
or
by
keeping
ground
under
the
benches
damp.
Misting
is
an
ideal
way
of
increasing
moisture
in
the
air.


WATERING

Frequent
south-east
winds
blow
during
December
drying
bonsai
out.
A
few
hours
of
totally
dry
roots
is
enough
to
kill
a
tree,
so
this
watering
is
a
vital
daily
task.


FERTILISING

Constant
watering
leaches
nutrients
out
of
the
soil
and
they
need
to
be
replaced.
Do
not
feed
totally
dry
trees,
water
them
before
applying
fertilisers.


DISEASE
CONTROL

Watch
for
insect
pests
and
diseases,
they
do
not
take
holidays,
use
appropriate
measures.
Remember
it
is
normally
inadvisable
to
mix
pesticides
together
due
to
possible
chemical
reactions.
Mix
only
as
much
pesticide
or
fetiliser
as
you
can
use
at
once,
many
chemicals,
once
mixed
oxidise
and
may
become
harmful.


PRUNING

Maintenance
pruning
and
nipping
should
be
carried
out
this
month.
Some
design
pruning
and
wiring
may
also
be
done.


POTTING

The
only
trees
that
may
be
potted
are
wild
figs.
If
very
little
root
disturbance
is
required
trees
may
be
transferred
to
other
pots.

REMARKS

This
is
show
time
and
holidays.
Enjoy
both
and
visit
bonsai
friends.
And
give
the
gift
of
a
Bonsai,
it
will
be
enjoyed
for
a
lifetime.

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