September 2014


September 2014, Vol. 40, Issue 9


Group planting from REBS show


  • President’s message
  • JT’s Tree Tips
  • 53rd Annual Midori Bonsai Show notices
  • Midori Call for Officers
  • REBS Show highlights
  • September Meeting Topics & Club Calendar

Presidents Message

JT PictureSummer is ending and football is ramping up and also our annual Midori Club Fall Bonsai Show.  We have a Show meeting scheduled for Tuesday September 9th at 6 pm at Armadillo Willy’s  in Sunnyvale (161 E. El Camino Real Sunnyvale).  Be there to help us firm up our final plans for the show and to scarf down some ribs.  We still have need of three trees for the large display so if you have a nice one, lets show it.  So far we have myself for 1, Tim Rostege 1, Seiji Shiba 1, Larry White 2 Carl Morimoto 1, An Ta 2.
Be thinking about what you can do for the club this next year as we need your help to guide our club so we can all advance in bonsai.  We’re all in this together so lets make it work and make it fun.
P.S.  Listening to a football or baseball game is a great backdrop for wiring a tree.
– JT

J T’S Tree Tips

Our show is coming up (Saturday October 4th) and as usual we are fine tuning our trees.
Once you have decided on the tree(s) you wish to put in the show, examine them as if they weren’t your trees. If you were just walking past this tree what would you think of it? Really look at your tree. Sometimes, looking at the reflected image of your tree in a mirror can change your memorized picture of it so you can really make a needed change. There are usually easy things you can do to improve your tree immediately. Keep it simple.

If you are showing a tree in the “in training” section of our show, it can have wire on it almost anywhere. After all, it is in training. But it still needs to be as neat as it can be. And, please stretch yourself and your tree just a little bit farther. First, clean up the pot and weed it. Then take all hanging foliage and pinch it off. Leaving a little space between the branches defines them better and allows the “birds to fly through.” Prune or pinch off those shoots that have outgrown the silhouette you see as the tree.

You may do some light wiring to bring back and clean up the line of the branches. Don’t take off excessive foliage. Leave it a little fuller than if you were styling it. It will look better this way than if you plucked it down to nothing.

Prune off any sickly or off-color foliage and those bits of foliage underneath the pads. Cleaning that line makes a big difference. Clean the remaining foliage if it has excessive water spots or honeydew. Check for critters. Snail, slugs, scale, mites or ants are sure to take a bow during the show if you let them.
Decide if you want to use moss or other ground cover and whether you need smaller scaled soil. Scrape off some of the older soil; add your moss then work in the fine soil bringing it up to the level of the pot. Sweep with a soft brush, and then tamp down to just below the rim of the pot. Water in gently. . If you have a source of fine show soil or moss, please bring that in to the 1st and 3rd Thursday meetings to share with your fellow exhibitors.

Coming up with moss in the fall is always difficult, but this year, with the drought, its almost impossible. You can use a dark collored (brown or black) fine gravel if you have no moss or use a little moss close to the trunk with the gravel covering most of the surface. Just make it neat.

If you do have moss I have a great way to keep it alive and healthy over the summer months. I use shallow trays on which I place carpet padding. I put moss on to the padding and water it in. I water every day I water my trees. The excess water evaporates but the padding acts like a sponge and gives the moss a perfect amount of moisture. I have the trays in a sunny area all morning until about 2pm when a tree shades it. I have revitalized what looked like dead moss and it is just as good as it ever was. Look for sun moss if you can, even taking it off your bonsai after a show and place it on the pad. You will be surprised just how nice it looks. It takes a few weeks for the moss to really look 100% but you will be pleased by the result. If you are interested let me know and you can drop by and I’ll cut you a piece of padding to fit your tray!

– JT

53rd Annual Midori Bonsai Show notices

Selection for show Tokonoma

Hello all Midori club members ,
we are approaching to our annual show which I am sure all of you are so excited about as well as I am. We are going to show all size and styles of our fine bonsai, and as you know we have a Tokonoma for displaying a shohin or chuhin bonsai, and like the previous years we have to choose the right one for it. I am going to bring the Tokonoma to our first Thursday meeting in September to find out the lucky bonsai to display in at our show this year so please bring in all your candidates and let’s try all of them to see which one will be the one and because almost all of our bonsai in the show has an accent to go with ( accent plant, kusamono , statues, figurine , suiseki…) please have those with you as well not only for Tokonoma bonsai but for all other ones in the show.
Looking forward to see your shohin/chuhin bonsai and wonderful accents , sure will be a lot of fun .

– Mehrdad Chavosh

Plant name tags

Hey Midori, it’s Show time ! Ray Stagner here and it’s time to send me the names of all the trees you’re bringing to our show. Names for Formal display, row display and trees in training are all needed. Please email me at Everyone please send me your tree names! See you at the Show.

Thank you.

– Ray

Midori Call for Officers

It’s that time of year when those who have supported our club  to renew their two year commitment and ask new members to come forward and volunteer their talents for open positions with our club board.

Midori Bonsai Club is not run by people that merely show up to meetings and go home filled with information.  It takes men and women that share their time and energy for the benefit of all club members.  After all, we all need organization, creative meaningful meetings that we look forward to attending which expands our horizons and move us forward with bonsai.  Here’s your chance to be a part of that support system and volunteer to help out with running the club.

August is a good month to begin considering a position, and those that have been serving to evaluate the next two years if they want to continue in whatever position they presently hold.  I have volunteered to coordinate this program for the club and need to know where everyone stands regarding the next two years.

Sometime this month let me know where you stand, so we can evaluate what positions need to be filled and if you would like to step forward and fill a position. It seems to me, in recent years our meetings have just gotten better and better, a tribute to those taking the lead.  New blood, new ideas, better ways of handling positions is what it’s all about and we need your help!

So please, take that first step, be a contributor!

– Jack Christiansen

REBS Show highlights

As most of you probably know, last weekend was the Redwood Empire Bonsai Society annual show. For those of you that missed it, or would like to see some of the trees again, here’s some of the highlights taken by our very own Jack Christiansen.

September Meeting Topics & Club Calendar

September 4th – Shohin with Juan

This month’s 1st Thursday meeting I will be talking about shohin bonsai. This is a topic that I really love, so I will be talking about the challenges and rewards of growing these little gems. Because shohin don’t take up that much time I will have a couple of demo trees. Please bring all your shohin for the show and tell (they don’t take up that much space ).

– Juan C.

September 18th – Annual Midori Bonsai Show Tree Prep

As our annual show approaches, we need to start making all those final refinements on our trees. Bring in the trees you plan on showing this year to the 3rd Thursday meeting this month, to get some tips and help getting everything looking spiffy.

2014 Meeting Schedule

Month 1st Thursday 3rd Thursday
September Shohin with Juan Cruz Annual Midori Bonsai Show Tree Prep
October Wind Swept Bonsai 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
September George Shoptaw Jeff Quast & Tim Rostege
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.


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