Winter Pruning: Celtis Afiricana pruning and treating for pests ahead of winter.

My half marathon is behind me. After a challenging 2:00:51 and a few head aches later I can focus on my trees again. Till the next one… After everything is done and the pain lingers on I’m back working on my trees.

I worked on this tree just as an experiment. I normally do my winter pruning half way through winter, but I recently heard that you should do it at the beginning of autumn. As there will still be some sap flow in the tree and it allows the tree to heal slightly before the sap slows down. This is good. In this article they also mentioned that if the sap starts flowing in spring then the cuts are not healed over its like a gardening hose that has a leak, all the sap flows out until the wound is healed. This sets your tree back and wastes much needed strength. I like trying new things but I will not do it to all my trees at once. I will prune this tree now and a few more others later. I will try one of each type of tree that I have just to see the different effect on the various species.

If the tree respond good to the autumn pruning I will consider doing it to all my trees next year. I know this sound a bite weird as it’s called winter pruning? I know right what’s up with that. There are may different advice and techniques out there to train bonsai. I think that one should always try different things to see if you get different results. If the results are better than you can make it part of your routine.

In the video you will see that the days are still warm during the afternoon but it gets very cold in the evenings. I started pruning the tree from the bottom up. Then as I went through the tree I saw a white furry bug (Mealy bug) running up the tree. I only saw one but I rather be safe so I sprayed the tree with Oleum. After I treated the tree I sprayed all my trees the next day. I have pests so I spray my trees often but this last two weeks I have been busy with other things.

I noticed that there are a few trees that need their wire removed and other in need of a good pruning. Watch this space as I will be posting those during the next few days.

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