October 2014


October 2014, Vol. 40, Issue 10

Silverberry - Gerry Fields

Silverberry – Gerry Fields


  • President’s message
  • JT’s Tree Tips
  • October Meeting Topics & Club Calendar

Presidents Message

JT PictureThe show is almost here so keep working on your show trees. Also, as part of this years show we will be having a members consignment sale. Consignment item list and tree tags will be available at the October 2nd main meeting or by making arrangements with me at (408)371-7737 if you can’t be there Thursday night.

The consignment sheet consists of a form that lists your items, with your plant id number, type of tree and your asking price. The same information is put on a two-part perforated tag attached with a string to your tree (item). When the item is sold, the lower part of the tag is attached to the consignment list so we can pay you for the item. We ask that 20% goes to the club to help with the cost of the show and 80% then goes to you. Of course, you may donate up to 100% to the club if you wish.

Please bring the consignment list, and tagged items on Saturday before the show. This will help our sales volunteers greatly.

We are all looking forward to a great show and with your help it will be!

This months program is presented by Mehrdad Chavosh. He will be leading a discussion on Wind Swept bonsai. Please bring in your windswept trees and we will all learn and contribute to the discussion. It should be an interesting evening.

– JT

J T’S Tree Tips

Its showtime. Juan Cruz will be doing the demo and it should be a lot of fun. We’ll have set up on Friday night then remember to bring your trees, show stands and accent plants with a slab or small dai before 8 am on Saturday so we can set up. It will take time to place the trees and we dont’t want to run late. If you have scrolls we can use those too. Please bring your consignment trees Saturday morning.

After the show 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 crab apple 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 you want to bulk up in ground. Trees will 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.

– JT

October Meeting Topics & Club Calendar

October 2nd – Windswept Bonsai with Mehrdad

Hello Midori,
This month on October 2nd I will have my windswept program, a topic I really enjoy and am so excited to share with you. I will talk about windswept fundamentals, show some pictures I’ve gathered from here and there, and bring in some samples which I have worked on myself. Of course, I will have a tree to demo which will be raffled off by the end!

For the meeting, I would like to see other members bring in their own windswept trees (at any stage of development) so please bring your trees for the show and tell table and let others enjoy your trees. It might even inspire someone or help you get inspired by seeing and talking about other trees!

See you all at the meeting.

– Mehrdad Chavosh

2014 Meeting Schedule

Month 1st Thursday 3rd Thursday
October Windswept with Mehrdad (Currently Open)
November Extreme Bending with Peter Tea (Currently Open)
December Annual Holiday Party and Auction Pork chop workshop

Set-up & Refreshments and Formal Tree Display

Month Formal Tree Display Set-up & Refreshments
October Larry White Seiji Shiba & Kathy Sloan
November Seiji Shiba 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 Adam or myself (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

October 4, 2014, San Jose, California
Midori Bonsai Club: 53rd annual show at the Northside Community Center, 488 6th St. Hours are 10 AM – 5 PM with demonstration at 1 PM by Juan Cruz (tree will be raffled off). Beginner’s workshop from 10 AM – 1 PM. Advice from Dr. Bonsai for trees brought in. Large plant sale by club members along with many vendors with bonsai supplies and trees. Free admission and parking. For more information contact John Thompson at jtbonsai@gmail.com

October 11 – 12, 2014, Oakland, California
East Bay Bonsai Society: 53nd Annual Fall Show at the Garden Center at Lake Merritt Park, 666 Bellevue Ave. Hours are Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM. Matt Reel, a bonsai professional, will be conducting a demonstration on Sunday afternoon. Trees, pots, and accessories for sale. All events free to general public. All day parking is $5.00 on Bellevue Avenue and the GSBF Northern Bonsai Collection is next door to the show.

October 12, 2014, Salinas, California
The Salinas Bonsai Club is presenting an Exhibit of Bonsai from 10am to 4pm at the Salinas Buddhist Temple located at 14 California Street in Salinas. Admission is free. Stop by for the free Bonsai Clinic from 10-1 and watch a demonstration by renowned bonsai artist, Katsumi Kinoshita at 1:30. Tea and cookies will be served and a raffle will be held. If you bring your “tired or overgrown” bonsai with you, event organizers will help you restore it.

October 18 – 19, 2014, Union City, California
Yamato Bonsai Kai: 43rd Annual Bonsai Exhibition at Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Road. Hours: Noon – 6 PM Saturday & 10 AM – 5 PM Sunday. Demonstration each day at 2 PM featuring Johnny Uchida working with advanced Black Pine material to create bonsai. Don’t miss this special event. Benefit raffle drawing each day after the demo; raffle includes the demo tree. Large vendor and plant sales area; free admission and parking. Doctor Bonsai support will be available. For more information call Tony Hayworth at 510-289-5731 or bonsaicho@comcast.net or visit our club website www.yamatobonsai.org.


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