he beautiful Panhandle in Northwest Florida
Is the Home of 

Fort Walton Beach Bonsai Society 
(since 1973)
44 years and counting
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May! It’s really here!!

Although we had a slow start to spring with nighttime temperatures in the low 50's and high 40's, May heralds the true beginning of spring (followed closely by summer!). With such low nighttime temperatures, many plants were reluctant to grow. This excludes, of course, elms and maples. Most of the warm weather, and especially tropical, plants should really take off with a vengeance now. It is past time to repot your temperate trees and not quite time to repot tropicals. The most important things you can so right now is to keep your trees trimmed, fertilized and watered. Doing those three things should insure that your trees enter the really hot summer months with enough vigor to withstand the heat and humidity. The first defoliation of elms and maples is just around the corner, just as soon as the new foliage hardens off. Defoliation should only be done on healthy trees and usually not more than once a year. Do not defoliate Japanese red maples or cutleaf maples. Azaleas need to be cut back to form now that blooming has passed and the plants are in active growth. Japanese black pines can be trimmed and the new candles removed as soon as new needles begin to form. This will force new, shorter candles to sprout. Begin a regime of applying fungicide and miticide to junipers. Be on the lookout for scale insects on the branches and trunks of your trees and treat with ultra light oil if you discover them. Whiteflies will also appear now and, although not really harmful to your plants, they are annoying and can be treated with a spray insecticide. Enjoy this season of the year. Much of your yearly growth will occur now so try to keep up with it.


Keep it Going!!

We had a really good workshop last meeting with work on podocarpus trees and some elms. Let’s keep it going! Bring any tree to the meetings you want advice on or just want to work on.  We never met a tree we didn’t like.

Well…not many…like cacti (yes, Lee likes them!), Musk Maple, thorny elaegnus, Crown of Thorns…anybody else have a pet peeve tree??? Let us know.

FWBBS was formed in 1973 by a small core of people interested in learning more about the Art of Bonsai & we are still going strong. Come join us.

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