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!
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.