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...
June - Now is Maintenance Time
by Lee Vanderpool
Repotting time is past. Now is the time to maintain and care for your bonsai and training trees through the hot summer days. First and foremost, always remember to water. When the soil in your bonsai pots is dry down to the first joint of your finger, it is time to water.
Different trees need different amounts of water; elms, maples and other deciduous trees and most tropical trees must be watered copiously each day and sometimes twice each day if there is a hot wind blowing.
Pines and junipers, on the other hand, may only need water every other day. Let the tree tell you when to water. Fertilizer is also important during this time of year since your trees are doing most of their growing now. A balanced fertilizer is best but may be alternated with organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion or one of the various organic brands available from bonsai suppliers.
Fertilizer should be applied about every two weeks to each tree. Trimming and pinching each tree now will help you develop fine twigging or ramification. Again, different trees must be treated differently. Deciduous trees such as elms and maples should be trimmed back to one or two leaves when the twig reaches four to five leaves in length.
This procedure will cause new twigs to form where the old twig is trimmed. Each new twigging will add refinement to your tree. New growth on junipers should be pinched as it forms, leaving only a short stub at each terminal. This, too, will increase the quantity of new twigs and add to the refinement and development of your bonsai.
Pines develop “candles” several time a year in northwest Florida and these must be trimmed or removed periodically. There are many articles, even books, written about when and how to accomplish this.
Remember, there will be no meetings during July or August and no newsletter during that time. Have a wonderful summer and enjoy your bonsai!