Sep 2015.pdf

Text Sept 2015

Dates to remember:

October 6, 2015 – Jim VanLandingham workshop.

November 21, 2015 – Russell Coker workshop.

-The Pensacola club has invited you to attend a special workshop hosted by BSF

President Mike Knowlton and his wife, Lunetta, on November 8 at the Pensacola Garden

Center, 9th Ave and Avery at 7:00 PM. RSVP to

September - Things To Do And Plans To Make

Lee Vanderpool

Maples and sweetgum tend to get leaf burn in the scorching sun and drying winds of July

and August. Fortunately, we have had a lot of rain which helped those tender trees to

resist the dessication of hot weather. Wisteria should have been pruned hard in August to

encourage new growth which will be hardened off before the advent of cold winter

weather and which will produce blooms next spring. Maples and other deciduous trees

should have been defoliated to encourage twigging (ramification). By judicious trimming

of new growth and defoliation, you can trick your trees into doing two years of growth in

one season. With the advent of fall, you should expect a short burst of new growth from

your trees before they begin to shut down for the winter. This burst of growth is

necessary to allow the tree to store sufficient food in its trunk and roots to take it through

the winter and to push out the first new leaves next spring. Begin routine fertilizing with

medium high nitrogen fertilizer to help the tree get those new leaves out and hardened off

before it has to shed them in preparation for winter. Along with this last burst of new

growth comes rapid expansion of branches and trunks so be sure all wire is removed to

avoid wire marks on bark. Now is the time to begin to consider winter storage of your

tender and tropical bonsai. A sheltered porch or greenhouse should be available for those

cold nights which can be the bane of temperature sensitive trees. Move these trees to

shelter gradually over a period to prevent leaf drop due to lack of light. Have a good fall.


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