There is always something to do in bonsai and October is no different. Our October bonsai jobs need to be planned and completed during the shorter days and around the weather that this month has in store for us.
If September slips in with an air of stealth, then October announces itself by jumping in with both feet. The mornings are getting colder, the days shorter and of course the clocks go back at the end of the month.
But October has its jewels too, the morning dew on spider webs, the colour of autumn leaves and those times when the sun shines down, and you can take five minutes to enjoy the moment.
So our list of bonsai job for October is here to help you make the most of the reduced daylight hours this month.
As your deciduous trees start to lose their leaves, you’ll be able to get a good look at the branch structure. And this also gives you the ability to get in and wire branches, allowing them to set over the winter period.
Depending upon the size of the branch you may need to use more specialised branch bending tools. Otherwise you will need wire
and bending jacks to get the desired shape.
Move trees into winter protection
Many trees are perfectly able to survive outdoors over winter. But if you do feel the need to move them indoors, now is the time to move them before the first full-on frosts.
Putting your trees into cold frames or unheated greenhouses will allow them to avoid the worst of the cold weather. It will also protect from the strong winds that storms bring to our shores.
Seed can be collected from many trees at this time of the year. Keep an eye out for seed collecting opportunities from trees such as Oak, Hawthorn and Maples amongst others. You can then germinate these to grow your own trees.
You could also take a look at Seed Gathering Season which runs from September 23rd to October 23rd. It is aimed at encouraging people to gather, use and generally think about tree seeds. Further information including details of events near you is available on The Tree Council website.
Sow Native Tree Seeds
If you have been gathering seed from native trees then now is a good time to sow them. The winter period will naturally stratify them and you can look forward to seedlings in the spring.
Keep the odd T-shirt at hand
Remember that October can still produce some rather nice sunny days. If we’re lucky enough to get good weather, don’t forget to check your plants regularly to see if they need watering.
And finally, be sure to enjoy any precious days of sunshine that come your way!