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Care Guidelines for specific tree species

Celtis Africana -Whitestink wood

It has a straight and tall growth with a wide-spreading crown and smooth grey bark. The leaves are alternate and simple. When young, they are softly hairy and become rough as they grow older. The leaf has three prominent large veins from the base, with the upper two-thirds being serrated and the tip very pointed. The tree has small yellow flowers that appear in September or October and have both male and female on the same tree. 

The Celtis Africana is a fast-growing tree that requires monthly fertilization. If you want to grow Celtis Bonsai, you need to prune it regularly. This will help it to achieve a fine ramification.

CELTIS CARE GUIDE

 

PLACEMENT

Celtis Africana loves the sunshine. but be very careful that it doesn't dry out on a hot day.

WATERING

Water frequently; make sure the tree doesn't dry out.

FERTILIZING

Once every two or three weeks during its growth season (from early spring till autumn).

PRUNING

The Celtis Africana will grow a very fine ramification when regularly pruned. Trim back new shoots that outgrow the intended shape.

REPOTTING

Repotting is done in early spring just as the buds begins to swell. Heavy root pruning may be done as long as the top is reduced too. 

 

PEST & DISEASE

The Celtis are prone to mealybug.  A mixture of rubbing alcohol and water is applied directly to the mealybug with a cotton swab or spray bottle.  Another mixture is a combination of garlic, vinegar, dishwashing liquid, and water in a spray bottle.  This method is effective in killing the pests on contact without harming the plant if used sparingly.

KOMBAT MALATHION CAN BE USED FOR: Aphids, CMR beetles, scale, thrips, mealybugs, pumpkin fly, diamond black moth, lawn caterpillars, ant holes, astylus, fruitfly, bedbugs, ladybird and fungus gnats.

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