October 2016


October 2016, Vol. 42, Issue 10



  • President’s message
  • JT’s Tree Tips
  • Editor’s Note
  • Board Members needed
  • October Meeting Topics & Club Calendar
  • 2016 Meeting Schedule
  • Setup, Refreshments & formal tree display
  • Northern California Bonsai Events

Presidents MessageIMG_3634

  Wow, our bonsai show has finally arrived, I’m really excited and can’t wait for the mornings to be here and get everything organized and set up.  We really have our hands full this year with the many jobs needed to come together all within the two hour time limit. But with everyone helping out and having the necessary tools to do the job it should be one of the finest shows our club has every put on.  We need everyone that Saturday morning to be at the Quinlan Center no later than 7:45am.  Trees and the various bonsai materials for your displays will be staged and dropped off in the entry area of the main room as you come in.  There will be a sign placed on each table for the area for which that tree will be displayed, for instance if your tree is to be displayed on the Row Display a table with a sign saying (Row Display Trees) will be there for your drop-off.  This way our main room inside will be free of excess clutter so we can get the needed display tables set up and ready for the trees to be placed.  After one hour we must clear all staged trees off the tables so we can utilized the tables for our venders that will be coming in at 9:00am for set-up.
   After we get everything set up and stabilized, JT will be passing out a judging sheet for everyone to fill out like last year, here’s your chance to decide the winning trees in the four categories we have awards for.  Please take this matter very seriously and take a look at all the trees on display and make your choice.  Peter Tea in last years program explained how and what to look for when judging bonsai trees, or just go for what turns you on and speaks to you!  That should be fun for everyone, and see how you did  when the final results are awarded.
   This year our show is sponsoring a bonsai school. We purchased 14 trees that are pre-bonsai that we plan to sell to interest attendants that would like to pay a nominal fee for us to sit down and work with them.  The tree will need to be paid for at the entry table and then us club members will be matched up with someone and a tree to work with.  So we’ll need volunteers to come forward and provide this service as needed for our school.  So bring your working bonsai tools to the show with you, wire will be provided and available.
   A big part of the monies that we need to cover the cost of the facility we are renting that day comes from the demonstration tree that we will be raffling off at the end of the program.  So, throwout the morning and even during the demonstration we will need volunteers to go around and sell raffle tickets to the various attendants.  Our greeting table as you come into the room will be the primary area for ticket sales, but we will need roaming members throwout the program to make tickets available to the public. So please volunteer for this very important service.
   Those of you that plan to sell trees at our (Club Plant Sale) need to bring them to the outside patio area just outside the door at the far side of the room.  Larry has a form for you to fill out and a pricing tag will be attached for each tree presented.  Make sure you coordinate this with Larry and return after the show is over to pick up monies and or unsold trees you brought.
   Everyone enjoys a snack or two throwout the day so we’re asking a few of you to provide some form of a pastry to bring that will support our coffee and tea table.  Cookies, brownies, cakes are all welcome, this table will be available for all in attendance at our show.
   Lunch will be provided by our club, sandwiches and drinks are on the menu, there are tables outside on the patio that we can use to sit down on and get off our feet.  If you would like to contribute a nominal fee for your lunch there will be a donation jar at one of the tables there.
   All in all,  this will be a very full day for everyone in our club, and we ask that everyone please make a full day of it until closing and clean-up. As in past years I was full of joy and proud to be apart of such a great group of people that brought a bonsai show to the people in our community.  I hope everyone will feel the same enthusiasm and pride after its all over and completed.
Have a great time at our show this month everyone!
Jack Christiansen, President

J T’s Tree TipsJT Picture

Ready…  Get Set…Its Showtime!!  It should be a lot of fun.  Because we cant get in the night before, we need to be at the Quinlan Center on early Saturday October 1st at 7:30 to off-load all our trees , tables, backdrops etc. before we can get in at 8 am.  We Need Everybody to hit the ground running!!  Please pitch in and help put up tables backdrops and skirting for the show, workshop area and vender area. Ray will have the floor plan and can direct where each table goes.   Bring your trees, show stands and accent plants with a slab or small dai on the non show tables in the big room so we can place them after we 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 in your consignment trees to the far patio after your show stuff is in.   We have a great club and can get it done together with no sweat.

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 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 will take down my shade cloth after the show 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.  


Editor’s Note

Hi Folks,

Sorry for the delay this month, but see here for Jonas’, from Bonsai Tonight, coverage of the show.



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

October Meeting Topics & Club Calendar

October 6th – Proper branch development w/Peter Tea

This meeting will be a presentation by Peter Tea on developing branches on your bonsai.

September 15th – Open Workshop

Bring in your trees to work on!

2016 Meeting Schedule

Month 1st Thursday 3rd Thursday
October Proper branch development with Peter Tea Open workshop
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
October Seiji Shiba George Shoptaw & Kathy Sloan
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

October 1, 2016 Cupertino, CA
Midori Bonsai Club: 55th Annual Show at the Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Rd, near Stevens Creek Blvd and De Anza College. Hours 10 AM – 5 PM, with demonstration by Peter Tea at 1 PM and demonstration tree raffled off. Sales area will include vendors, members’ trees, pots, and other related bonsai items. Beginner’s workshop from 10 AM -1 PM, create your own bonsai. Bring in your bonsai tree for advice from Dr. Bonsai. Cookies, Tea, and coffee provided for all in attendance with plenty of free parking available. For more information contact Jack Christiansen at (408) 280-7539 or jackchristiansen@sbcglobal.net

October 8 – 9, 2016 Oakland, California
East Bay Bonsai Society: Annual show held at the Lakeside Garden Center at 666 Bellevue Ave. Show hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Saturday and 11 AM to 4 PM Sunday with demonstration and raffle from 1 to 3:30 PM on Sunday. Free admission and show will feature over 50 trees of various varieties and ages. For more information contact us at ebbs@eastbaybonsai.org

October 15 – 16, 2016 Union City, California
Yamato Bonsai Kai:  45th Annual Bonsai Exhibition and Demonstration will be held at the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Road. Hours: Noon – 6 PM Saturday & 10 AM – 5 PM Sunday. Demonstration each day at 1:30 PM featuring Johnny Uchida, with Mike Baker and Tony Hayworth. Don’t miss this special event. Benefit raffle drawing each day after the demo; raffle includes the demo tree. Large vendor and plant sale 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.

October 27-30, 2016 Sacramento, CA
Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention 39 “A Bonsai Convergence: Gather At The Rivers” Convention. Headliners: Ryan Neil and Bjorn Bjornholm. More Workshops and Seminars from: Kathy Shaner, David Nguy, Peter Tea, and others. Where: The Double Tree By Hilton 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA 95815. Hotel phone: 916-924-4900 (ask for the “GSBF Group Rate”) For more information, contact: Scott Chadd, GSBF President at: 530-622-9681 or scottchadd@lotusbonsai.com. On-line registration opens on July 1, 2016 Click here:  http://www.gsbfconvention.org.



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