October 2013


October 2013, Vol.39, Issue 10



  • President’s message
  • JT’s Tree Tips
  • Photo’s from the 52nd Annual Midori Bonsai Club Show
  • October Meeting Topics & Club Calendar

Presidents Message

JT Picture Thank you all for the effort and help in making the annual Midori show a success.  It takes everyone’s help do it.  And thank you Peter.  We’re so lucky to have you.

The GSBF convention will be held in Burbank in Southern California from October 31st through November 3rd.  Many of us will be there to enjoy and learn from the best.

This month we have a program with Larry White doing a raft style bonsai.  Before he begins, I would like you all to think about what programs you would like for the coming year.  Share them with the board so we can set them up for you.  Do you want hands on workshops, like wiring, grafting, pruning, styling, or demos or construction projects, or specific species nights or demos? Let us know.  We will try to put them together for you.  Would you like outside trips or urban collecting?  Do you have a specific person you would like to see?   The board is here to help you get better at this pursuit.  Are there any new books that you would like to see in the library? Anything that will help us all improve our trees.  Let us know!


JT’S Tree Tips

October is here!  At about mid month, we can start transplanting junipers and still have a growing interval before everything shuts down for the winter.  This is a good secondary growing season and we shouldn’t pass it up.  It’s important to have a little time after repotting to let the tree roots grow into their new soil.  At this time the plants don’t have to go through the stressful summer heat so it’s a perfect time for junipers, cypress, live oaks, boxwoods, etc. By transplanting and trimming back junipers now you will not get as many brown tips as you would in the spring and you will still get some good growth in before winter.

Also your early flowering trees like quince and Ume and crabapple can be transplanted at this point. Doing it now reduces the likelihood of getting those gnarly growth-cysts on your apple family trees.

This is also a great time to put in trees for a growing ground. They get a chance to settle in for a big push in the spring.

In late October, as the deciduous trees turn color, they signal that the tree is cutting off contact with the leaves. When most of the leaves have fall color, you can defoliate the tree and cut back to the buds you want to come out in the spring.  You should not get a new growth spurt.  Also the tree will not bleed the way it will if you leave cut back until December or January so do it now or wait until late January/early February.   Continue to fertilize this month and next.  Getting into the high phosphorus type fertilizers (0-54-0) on all of your flowering and fruiting trees in later November.  We already see shorter days and soon will be getting cooler temperatures.(after this blast of heat!)  I just took down my shade cloth as we had the autumnal equinox in late September and the days are getting shorter, and the nights longer.

This is also the ideal time to style and wire these trees. Styling is always easier when the foliage is not there to interfere with the wire. The branches should also be flexible and easy to manipulate.  Later they will become more rigid and brittle.  In Japan, wiring is done October through February at which time transplanting starts.  We get to start transplanting earlier because of our milder climate.

Photos from the 52nd Annual Midori Bonsai Club Show

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October Meeting Topics & Club Calendar

October 3rd – Raft Style Demonstration with Larry White

At the General Meeting, on Thursday, October 3rd, I will be doing an informative demonstration on the creation of “raft” style bonsai. Although there are a few different types of raft style, the general approach is to take a tree and lay it over on its side, as if it has fallen over in nature. A tree fallen in nature doesn’t necessarily die, but continues to grow with the branches on the upward side, growing into new trees. This will be replicated in my demonstration. The rootball of the tree will be placed on its side, and the trunk of the tree will buried under the soil. In time, roots will emerge from the buried trunk, and the rootball can be removed. Branches along the top side of the trunk will be wired up as the new trees. In time, the soil will be lowered exposing the the horizontal trunk that connects the new trees.

The completed demonstration piece will be raffled at the end of the night, and if members could bring in additional raffle items, that would be swell.

If you’re interested in creating one of these, you can acquire the necessary supplies, and we can create them at the third Thursday meeting. Hope to see you there!

Set-up/Refreshments Duties

October Jeff Quast and Adam Butterfield
November Debe Kahn and Sebastion Girard
December Holiday Party!





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