Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Plan to join us for a great new year learning about and working with bonsai.
127 Hollywood Blvd, FWB
(unless otherwise indicated)
Meetings & Workshops
Fall Program Opener
Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014
Enjoy an exhibit of FWBBS member trees. Learn the pros and cons of putting a tree on exhibit.
Thursday, Sep 18, 2014
Joe Day of Azalea City Bonsai will work with us on the styling of cypress trees for bonsai
Pre-Mixed Bonsai Soil for Sale
We have bonsai soil in two grades: regular and shohin. Gallon bags are $6.00.
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Soil will also be available at each meeting.
Lee's monthly column will resume in September when the newsletter returns. Keep watching for the best bonsai tips in the Panhandle...
September - Things To Do
by Lee Vanderpool
Look forward to another short burst of growth during September and the first part of October. This fall push of lush growth should be encouraged right now with the resumption of normal fertilizing. This flush of growth provides sugars for storage in the roots and trunk which allows your trees to withstand the rigors of winter and the breaking of dormancy in about six months. It should, therefore, be encouraged by not pruning too much. Trees, especially deciduous ones, may look ratty with the new and uneven growth but it may be trimmed as soon as a frost occurs and the leaves drop. It will help your trees and should boost survivability through the winter. Along with this last burst of growth comes an increase in the size of branches and trunks so be sure that wire placed on the tree in the spring or summer is removed before it has a chance to make marks on the bark. Azaleas and camellias have set buds for their winter or spring blossoms so trimming of these varieties must be done very carefully. Be sure that you do not cut off the fat flower buds. This is the time to begin thinking about winter storage for your trees, too. Although most trees other than tropicals may be left outside on the benches during most of the winter, even decidu-ous and evergreens must be protected during harsh conditions such as those which happened last winter. Simply making a plan to place them on the soil surface during extremely harsh cold will do wonders for their survival. Enjoy this last flush of green-ness from your trees. It will soon be gone and you will be left with bare bones until spring.