1 April 2020

Bonsai Things to do in Cape Town - April


APRIL 
Month
Mean Rainfall mm
Rel.  Humidity %
Daily Sun­shine Hrs
Temp. Max Celcius
Temp. Min Celcius
April
55,5
76
7,8
22,8
11,8

POSITION
Early autumn and a delightful time of year; some showers may be expected. The sun is no longer so fierce and days are getting shorter.
WATERING
Bonsai tend to dry out and watering is still a priority.
FERTILISING
Fertilising has to be done diligently if bonsai are to do well and to promote autumn colours.
DISEASE CONTROL
Pests are active and control is necessary.
PRUNING
Maintenance pruning may be done this month.
POTTING
Nearly all evergreens and figs can be safely potted at this time of the year. Post potting recovery is usually good.
REMARKS
As the days get shorter and the weather is milder it is an agreeable time to be in the garden.

25 March 2020

COVID-19 Lockdown


We are open today and tomorrow from 9am to 4pm, business as usual, until COVID-19 lockdown commences on Friday and will reopen when it is over.  Just a reminder to stock up on wire, soil, starter trees etc.  You are welcome to visit but please observe physical distancing and utilize our sanitisers.  Our courier dispatch of orders is unfortunately now closed.

We will be hosting a few Zoom discussions during lockdown to answer any Bonsai related questions.  The link will be posted at a later stage.  And we are available during the day on email and telephone.

Our hearts go out to everyone as we are impacted and challenged in so many ways by this sudden threat to our lives and loved ones.  We will endure and support each other through this and come out stronger and wiser on the other side.  Let’s fight this together by staying at home.  

Wishing you all good health.  And lots of enjoyment, peace, tranquility and inspiration as you work on your Bonsai.  Draw hope from this pine that survived the Hiroshima atomic blast.

19 March 2020

Events cancelled due to COVID-19


We know that this is a difficult time for our country and we are committed to supporting the government's efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. 

As such we have taken the decision to cancel the courses and workshops scheduled to take place in March and April 2020.  Our next Bonsai course will take place on Saturday 29 August 2020 and the workshop will take place on 18 July 2020, if the crisis is over.


1 March 2020

Bonsai Things to do in Cape Town - March


MARCH 

Month
Mean Rainfall mm
Rel.  Humidity %
Daily Sun­shine Hrs
Temp. Max Celcius
Temp. Min Celcius
March
22,1
73
9,5
25,3
14,2

POSITION
Days are clearly getting shorter but it is still hot and mostly dry although we may have a shower now and again if we are fortunate.
WATERING
The bonsai grower’s most important task is correct watering.
FERTILISING
Late summer is a vital time to feed so that bonsai remain healthy and strong and so that they build energy to enable them to flower and store carbohydrates for winter.
DISEASE CONTROL
Pests are very active and there are more and more types appearing as countries borders become easier to cross see remarks made in February.
PRUNING
Watch the apex of trees, they tend to become too heavy and are the easiest part of a bonsai to neglect as far as pruning and shaping is concerned. Design and maintenance should be a priority.  
POTTING
A number of plants may be potted in late summer or early autumn and recovery, aided by Superthrive is usually efficient. This is also a good time for propagation. Dip cuttings in Dip-n-grow before rooting in a mixture of vermiculite and perlite. 
REMARKS
A good time for bonsai and those responsible for their maintenance. Prepare soils mixes as once the wet weather sets in it is difficult and unpleasant to work with soggy soil and compost.

7 February 2020

Valentine's Day


Looking for a Valentine's gift with a difference? How about a Bonsai? Visit the biggest bonsai nursery in the Western Cape situated in Constantia. We offer a large selection of ready made Bonsai and also stock all bonsai requirements such as pots, tools, soil, mesh, starter trees, fertiliser, pestcare and penjing. With over 50 years of Bonsai experience, we offer Bonsai courses and services such as repotting, pruning, boarding, bonsai corporate gifts and anything you need that is bonsai related. Pay a visit to our beautiful garden in a magical setting.

1 February 2020

Bonsai Things to do in Cape Town - February

FEBRUARY 
Month
Mean Rainfall mm
Rel.  Humidity %
Daily Sun­shine Hrs
Temp. Max Celcius
Temp. Min Celcius
Feb
18,0
71
10,6
26,3
15,5

POSITION
This is the hottest month in our area and rain is very unlikely. Winds are infrequent but when they come they are very drying and blow what little humidity there may be away. Days are long. Long cool drinks and chats are the best way to spend evenings.
WATERING
Watering is the most vital job right now and forgetting, even for one day may be fatal!
FERTILISING
It is now very important to fertilise with nitrogenous fertiliser in order for trees to build up a good store of carbohydrates (energy producing sugars). This stored energy enables plants to put on good vigorous growth in spring and prevents die-back of small branchlets.
DISEASE CONTROL
Pests are particularly active so be observant. If a tree looks unhappy and if you do not know what is wrong seek help. Mites are active, they love still air.
PRUNING
Maintenance pruning should be kept up to date as in the next few months it may not be advisable to prune vigorously for fear of stimulating growth in winter. It is now still mid-summer.
POTTING
Figs and a few other evergreens may be potted if the day is not too hot. If it is absolutely necessary to pot a deciduous tree de-foliate it first. 
REMARKS
This month and the next are the best time to take holidays in the Western Cape the weather is mostly rather settled and warm, good weather for outdoors. Look for stones and collect soil and compost for your mixes ready for autumn potting which comes round from March to May.  Go on a suiseki hunt, rivers are often running low and stones may be exposed.