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Bonsai Things to do in Cape Town – July 2021

JULY 

MonthMean Rainfall mmRel.  Humidity %Daily Sun­shine HrsTemp. Max CelciusTemp. Min Celcius
July96,9816,217,47,1
POSITION The shortest day has passed and days are getting longer but only marginally. The same remarks apply as for June. 
WATERINGThe water table is high and frequent rains and dull days often mean wet condi­tions but, take care! A few dry days and bonsai could suffer. The winds are strong and frequent, shelter delicate trees and pots! Ensure that pots drain correctly.  
FERTILISINGNo point in fertilising this month – temperatures are too low. 
DISEASE CONTROLSnails and slugs are busy, use appropriate bait. Fungus spores may be active during wet humid conditions. It is never cold enough in our area to kill spores of fungus effectively.  Spray with fungicides if necessary. 
PRUNINGWinter prune and design prune deciduous trees. 
POTTINGThis is a really busy potting month for most deciduous trees such as Celtis, Ulmus, Acer, Taxodium, Betula, Carpinus, Wisteria and Malus. Visit a nursery for soil and pot supplies. It is always preferable to take a tree for which a pot is to be chosen to the pot supplier for direct selection. 
REMARKSA month when enthusiasm is sometimes at a low ebb but soon sap will be rising. Enjoy exchanging views with like minded people and reading books and maybe even surfing the web on Bonsai and related topics. 

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