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Caterpillars

How disappointing to wake up in the morning to find your tree spoilt by the leaves having been chewed up by stick-worms, vine caterpillars, the little green caterpillars which hatch when little white butterflies lay their eggs on plants or any of the numerous caterpillars which are particularily prevalent at this time of the year. The droppings usually give the uninvited guests away but sometimes it's difficult to find them for 'hand picking'.

Spray with systemic spray Fisokil or the contact poison 'Karbaspray' or 'Protekta Wurmsprey'.

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Random Bonsai Tip

To thicken thin branches make a cut just below the branch or a bud on the branch. The sugars produced in the leaves of the tree move down to the roots through the phloem, this flow of sap is interrupted by the cut and the accumulation of sugars above the cut increases the vigour as it is used by the bud, forcing it into action. As soon as the wound heals the normal sap flow resumes.