MIDORI BONSAI CLUB NEWSLETTER
November 2016, Vol. 42, Issue 11
IN THIS ISSUE:
- President’s message
- JT’s Tree Tips
- Editor’s Note
- Board Members needed
- November Meeting Topics & Club Calendar
- 2016 Meeting Schedule
- Setup, Refreshments & formal tree display
- Northern California Bonsai Events
As I sit down to write this message to our club it will be the day before my wife and I will be leaving for vacation. Yes, we’re heading out for a 21/2 week trip to Europe and as all trips go there’s so much to be cared for and organized before we even get out the front door. And since our yearly bonsai show now is over and completed this has left me with a feeling of great satisfaction and relief that everything came together and I now can reel in this new freedom on vacation. But words and pictures that I took of our show cannot express how wonderful and fulfilling that day was for me. Club members, you really came together and made it all happen, along with the warm and inviting room and location, also the layout of our display trees, the music that was played, and the feeling that this hole project worked as a beautiful harmonious display of bonsai will never be forgotten in my mind and soul. I congratulate each and every club member that took part in our show that day!
If you were at the meeting this passed first Thursday wasn’t Peter Tea’s program fantastic! Proper branch development is paramount to good and well developed bonsai. And he covered so many different aspects that confront us as bonsai artist and the way we can get started being in harmony with how a tree and branch grows so we can make the proper cuts at the proper time. Having this knowledge and developmental process will render our future branches better ramified and more fully developed. Thanks Peter for your very timely program!
For our First Thursday meeting in November I’m pleased to announce that we will have a very special guest speaker with us , Ryan Nichols. Ryan will be sharing his expertise regarding the use of pesticides centered around bonsai and how we can get maximum response from our trees using them. Ryan has a Master degree in plant biology and ornamental horticulture and he now operates a consulting firm and speciality plant nursery decade to helping his clients to properly understand plant needs and their care. Currently Ryan works as a turf and landscape consultant in the Bay Area. In his spare time Ryan travels throughout the west coast giving seminars on horticultural aspects of the art of bonsai, and teaches a complete series of lectures at the bonsai school at Lake Merritt in Oakland. This will be a very special evening with our guest speaker Mr. Nichols, and I hope that everyone will make an effort to be there and learn from his experiences and recommendations in how to use pesticides.
We are now closing in on our final month of the year December, and with that our club will be in need of people to step forward and elect a new President that will run and operated the functions of our club for another two years. My time is about over as President, and as I reflect upon these past two years I hope that everyone can be proud of the programs and teaching that this club has provided for its members. It’s always challenging to start out with a fresh slate in the beginning of the year and see how club programs all comes together with the help of our board of directors and feedback we receive from fellow members. But none of this can happen without club members that realized the importance of stepping forward and excepting needed responsibilities as leaders for our club. Now is the time to reflect upon these matters and see if you can make yourself available in support of our very special Club!
Fall is upon us, days are getting shorter, evening temperatures are cooler, but our bonsai plants are still in need of proper care and watering. So don’t think that mother nature will fill in for you when soils are going dry. A happy bonsai artist is only happy when this plants are happy!
Have a great month everyone!
J T’s Tree Tips
We have Ryan Nichols coming in this month. He will be talking about using fungicides, insecticides, mitecides and dealing with pests and diseases. Many of you have asked for this information so don’t miss out. Bring Questions and sick plants you are worrying about.
Hey, we actually got some rain. Remember to take your moss off and save it for sometime down the road. If this keeps up, we may get more rain this year and we don’t want moss growing up the trunks of our trees. Its time to style, wire, pluck needles, make big bends – You can work on practically everything now except black pines (next month.)
The growth that has been coming on since summer should be hardening and will no longer snap like a bean if you bend it. But try this – Exercise the branch before you bend it. By this I mean pre-bend it, using the fleshy part of your fingers and palm supporting and twisting the branch in the direction you wish to ultimately bend it before actually putting the wire on. Trust your fingers to tell you if you have gone far enough. They are actually more reliable than your eyes. You can get much more acute bends this way. If it still resists you may need to use raffia to support it. Spray the bent branches with an anti-transpirant like Anti-Stress 2000® or Cloud Cover® or Wilt-Pruf®. This is an ideal time to fashion those branches before they harden off totally over winter.
Deciduous trees should be wired when most of the foliage has fallen off but before they become brittle later into the winter dormancy period. Remove the foliage when about 75% of the foliage has turned color. If you wait until December, any cutting will cause the tree to bleed excessively.
You can still style and transplant those junipers (they really love fall transplanting) and early flowering trees but protect them from frosts if we get some cold weather.
For most trees, now is the time to clean off the top layer sphagnum moss we had on during the hot summer season and the top soil that has accumulated spent fertilizer and weed seeds and is growing seasonal moss now and make sure it doesn’t get up into the bark of your trees. Silver moss that you used for the show can be taken off and put in your landscaping where it will get early morning sun and regular water. You can grow a new crop for next year. Clean off dead leaves and remove weeds. Add some super phosphate to the top soil and any transplanting that you do.
Be sure to clean out the foliage in the crotch areas and allow the sunlight into the interior to stimulate new buds and expose bugs
December is best but if the pine needles have hardened, clean out the old needles on your trees to let the sunlight in. Leave on more needles on the bottom branches 10 to 15 pairs and 7 to 10 on top. At this point we want to encourage as much sun as we can. Later we’ll thin out even more. But watch that you don’t damage tender needles that haven’t hardened. Use tweezers. Days are getting really short and cooler.
Remember to make your first application of dormant spray at Thanksgiving. Ultrafine® oil, Neem Oil, copper and lime sulfur sprays do well. Do not mix them together!
Water your trees when they need it. This means that you should wait until the upper soil has dried and is lighter in color before watering. Then water thoroughly. Don’t keep them too wet and remember that as they slow down their growth they use less water. If too much water is accumulating in the pot, tip the pot up on one side with a board to help drainage.
Whatever shade cloth you had for your trees can be eliminated at this point. The hours of sunlight and angle of the sun are approaching their minimums so the trees need all they can get. Also, tropicals have to be protected as the temperatures get down below 45º.
Some good videos coming out of the European Bonsai San Show, one of which you can find here.
2016 Midori Show Pictures!
Board Members Needed
Every two years our club has the opportunity to elect new board members that take the lead in organizing and running club functions. This year 2016 is another election year where at our yearly Christmas Party we hold the nominations for our newly elected board members. Many board members choose to remain in their elected positions and others choose to step down with new opportunities for other club members to step forward and fill those positions.
Having the opportunity to be President over the past years has been very fulfilling and insightful. And having active and responsible board members that take their job seriously in support of our club has made my job even easier. Thanks to those that have done so!
This year my job as President is completed, along with other openings on the board, so the call goes out for others in our club to step forward and fill those positions. In addition the clubs Secretarial position has a opening. Board Members, if there’s other positions open and I have not been informed please do so by the end of July.
Some of the board members positions need assistants that can step in for them when they are gone, so if you would like to share in that capacity please let me know sometime this month. Midori has been a great place for all of us to come and enjoy each others company and share our hobby together. A well organized club benefits everyone with great meetings that fulfill everyones bonsai knowledge regardless if your a new member or old. I have enjoy every minute that I’ve been a club member throughout the many years as Vice President and now as President. Please, if you would like to step forward and take on a position with the club let me know and we can get you started!
Jack Christiansen, President
November Meeting Topics & Club Calendar
November 3rd – Using Pesticides with Ryan Nichols
Ryan will be sharing his expertise regarding the use of pesticides centered around bonsai and how we can get maximum response from our trees using them. Ryan has a Master degree in plant biology and ornamental horticulture and he now operates a consulting firm and speciality plant nursery decade to helping his clients to properly understand plant needs and their care. Currently Ryan works as a turf and landscape consultant in the Bay Area. In his spare time Ryan travels throughout the west coast giving seminars on horticultural aspects of the art of bonsai, and teaches a complete series of lectures at the bonsai school at Lake Merritt in Oakland. This will be a very special evening with our guest speaker Mr. Nichols, and I hope that everyone will make an effort to be there and learn from his experiences and recommendations in how to use pesticides.
November 17th – Open Workshop
Bring in your trees to work on!
2016 Meeting Schedule
|Month||1st Thursday||3rd Thursday|
|November||Using pesticides with Ryan Nichols||Open workshop|
|December||Annual Holiday Party, Election, and Auction||Pork Chop Workshop|
Setup, Refreshments, & Formal Tree Display
|Month||Formal Tree Display||Set-up & Refreshments|
|November||Danny Powell||Jim Wallace & Larry White|
|December||Holiday Party, no formal display||Everyone!|
Notice about Set-up & Refreshment Duty
Hello Everyone, it’s Ray Stagner, in charge of facilities. For our club meetings to be successful, it is important our members participate and share in some of the responsibilities. We ask our members to help in the monthly duties of setting up and tearing down for both first and third Thursday meetings. Members who attend meetings regularly, are asked to help. Please arrive 1/2 hour before the meeting starts. I will be there to direct you. It’s very important, if you are unable to help on the days you are assigned to please contact me (408-209-5654). As well as helping with set up, we would like you to bring snacks of your choice to both meetings. If everyone participates, our meetings will start on time so we all can enjoy the activities planned for that evening.
Northern California Bonsai Events
December 3, 2016 Fresno, CA
Fresno Bonsai Society: 9th Annual Bonsai Yard Sale held at 736 West Browning Ave. from 8 AM till 3 PM. Bonsai, pre-bonsai, accent plants, new and used pots, stands, books, suiseki, and supplies. Everyone is welcome to buy, sell, or swap all things bonsai. For more information about the event visit us on our Facebook page or www.fresnobonsaisociety.com.