The Bonsai Grower in Summer

by Lionel Theron

The season for spending relaxing times on the patio with cool drinks, kind moods and good friends. Especially bonsai, and suiseki friends with whom to exchange ideas and views.

There is usually at least one major show in summer; and how stimulating to see the beautiful trees of gifted and hard working growers.

Our own clubs show is held in December, and it is great fun to be a part of the preparation, setup and manning the show which is open to a very appreciative public, The show is also our major fund raiser for the year and subsidizes the membership fees which do not cover the costs of running the Kai.

As far as bonsai activity is concerned, the following things should be done...



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 - Summer Care of your Bonsai

by Viky Petermann

headerThe potting season has finally come to an end. You found it to be a mad rush, but you managed to pot all your trees on time. If you think that you can now sit back and relax, think again. The fresh soil in the pots and the extra space given to the roots have given a great amount of vigour to your tree. Now is the time to begin establishing the look of maturity of your tree and what you do now will depend entirely on the stage of development of your plant.


Potting in Summer

by Rudi Adam

The following notes are given rather early - but as everyone knows, Summer, in the Cape, always turns up very suddenly and it's best to be prepared.

Summer potting is possible, as long as enough caution and after care is exercised. It is also limited to a few species, such as maple, Chinese elm (which have to be defoliated completely a few days beforehand) and the ficus species.

Next Workshop

Bishopsford Bonsai, 13h30 on 4th March

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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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Pools in the rocks

Softly tinted russet red and brown

Autumn is near

Random Bonsai Tip

Wiring is probably the most commongly used technique for shaping trunk and branches, but it can also be used for thickening the trunk or branches