The Bonsai grower in Spring

by Lionel Theron

In spring a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of love" and the bonsai grower's thoughts turn to the joy and promise of a season of awakening and renewal. There is a wish to be outdoors to witness the birth of a new season. The bonsai grower's year begins with spring!



Welcome to the website of Cape Bonsai Kai where you will find out all about our club, events we are hosting and other news. Here you will also find galleries containing images from exhibitions, workshops, club meetings and more. We often post valuable information like "What to do this month" and other tips as well as many articles which will help you keep your bonsai collection healthy and you enjoying your new art form. Be sure to visit often!


About CBK

History tells us that bonsai were first displayed in South Africa at the British Empire Exhibition held in Johannesburg in 1933, where Asian exhibitors displayed their trees. Thereafter, mention is made of soldiers, returning home from the east after the Second World War, expressing interest in the beautiful trees they had seen in Japan.


For the Beginner Part II

Basics of potting

By Victoria Petermann

Although it is the beginning of winter it is amazing how fast spring and the potting season arrive. When it does, you want to be prepared so as to be able to manage potting all the trees that need to have a change of soil.


Beginners Corner - Repotting

by Dorothy Franz

Spring is generally accepted as the time for repotting, but there are exceptions. Figs, for example need warm weather, so in the Cape we repot them in December. Flowering trees are done after flowering. Pines late Spring and Junipers are usually repotted in November. Olives, what can I say, they seem to have a will of their own. I wait till they show movement, then I repot.

Next Workshop

Olive Grove Bonsai, 13h30 on 5th November

Contact Us

We would be happy to hear from you should you like to find out more about the club, meetings or bonsai in general.

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Year Programme

We have an exciting calendar of club meetings, events and public exhibitions planned for 2015/6.

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Right at my feet -

and when did you get here,

snail? ~ Issa

Random Bonsai Tip

To improve branch ramification one can defoliate deciduous trees in summer. This method should only be used on healthy, strong trees in their later stages of development.