Another New Year brings with it a new list of January bonsai jobs. After the over indulgence of the festive period, the majority of people look forward to the new year with a sense of enthusiasm.

Bonsai enthusiasts are no different, even if the chances to do things outdoors are slightly more limited at this time of year. That said, the shorter days and chillier weather shouldn’t cause your New Year enthusiasm to go to waste!

We shall be putting that enthusiasm to good work in the planning of The Bonsai Show Live 2024.

Here are our thoughts for jobs to do in January:

Sharpen your bonsai tools

We rely on our bonsai tools to help us produce and maintain our trees, and a little maintenance will keep them in tip top condition. Spending a little time cleaning and sharpening your bonsai tools now will really pay off when the longer days roll round and you start to get a little busier.

Either take your tools to a local key cutter to be sharpened, or if you fancy doing the job yourself, you can buy a whetstone in our online store.

Snow on a White Pine at Beechfield Bonsai in Shropshire

Hit the Internet

Chances are that you’ve been spending time over Winter planning the changes you want to make to your trees during the Spring. If so, now is the time to start the internet search for new bonsai pots and bonsai wire so that you’re ready to get started.

And with any remaining spare time during the dark nights, why not take the chance to improve your drawing skills?

A quick search on YouYube for “how to draw a bonsai tree” will bring up a number of videos for you to watch. You can then apply your new skills to sketch out design changes for your trees.

Take time to relax

The busy months will roll around soon enough, with bonsai jobs and general garden jobs eating away at our time. So make a pot of tea or coffee, sit in your favourite spot and take time to admire your trees. Take time to appreciate the way they look at this time of year, especially any deciduous trees which will soon start to look very different.

You can also use the time to think about changes that may want to make to your trees and their display. Which ones are you going to repot? What styling are you going to create?

Well that’s it for January bonsai jobs, we hope that our list gets you in to the mood.

A very Happy New Year to you from Beechfield Bonsai