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Cape Bonsai Kai June 2017 Newsletter

From the President

Dear CBK Member,

The winter rains have still not arrived and my bonsai are certainly behaving or growing differently.

I have cork bark elms with no leaves/yellow leaves and green leaves. The watering is also quite tricky, because it looks wet but in fact in is quite dry below the surface.

One is also inclined to pay less attention to the bonsai with no leaves when watering-which can have dire consequences either from over/under watering. The weather at present is very unusual so watch your watering regime.

The meeting on the 15th June will be focussing on winter pruning which is a critical component of ensuring your bonsai attain good ramification. This pertains especially to deciduous trees but is not limited to deciduous but also to semi-deciduous trees.

In the deciduous group you have mainly elms, celtis, acacias, maples and swamp cypress.

In order for these trees to attain good ramification you need to focus on your primary and secondary branches ensuring that you have the right structure to build the finer branches so as to form an “open hand” structure.

The semi –deciduous bonsai like figs also need to be focussed on to attain the fine ramification and smaller leaves.

Fortunately you will have Carl Morrow guiding you through this process and you will benefit enormously by bringing trees so he can ascertain, whether the tree is ready for refinement (focussing on ramification) or whether you should be focussing on selecting primary and secondary branches.

Brett will be introducing the art of Kusamono. This is the art of potted wild grasses and flowers in unique pots.

Originally these plantings were used as accent plants, and still do, but have developed into an art form in its own right.
It often depicts a landscape or a season to enhance the display of bonsai. If you have a Kusamono bring it along to display amongst the other trees

The George Autumn Bonsai Festival coincides with our meeting, so for the members going to George to attend Harry Harrington lectures, we look forward to you imparting your knowledge to the members who must stay at home and work to keep our economy growing.

Kind Regards

Hennie Nel

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Random Bonsai Tip

If surface roots are unequally spread around the trunk or if they are lacking completely you can drill holes and insert match sticks or make deep scars around the base of the trunk on the side where the roots are needed below soil level. Apply hormone powder and sphagnum moss; cover with plastic and keep moist. Leave for 6 months to 1 year for the roots to develop.