This month’s meeting focuses on (believe it or not) next year’s Philadelphia Flower Show exhibit trees. This much lead time is necessary to plan what our trees need for exhibit, and this is a far better time to evaluate and prepare trees for Spring exhibition.
Bring a tree or two that you’d like to submit for consideration. Alternatively, bring a tree or two that you feel you’d like some input from other members. Or just bring a tree you’d like to work on. OR just come and observe.
This is a great opportunity to get some input on preparing a tree for exhibit, as well as picking up some ideas for working with your trees.
Be sure to bring all that you'll need for the day; tools wire, etc.
Some refreshments will be provided
Flower Show/ Members' Workshop
Date: Saturday, October 27
Location: Greater Plymouth Community Center
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
November 16 - Fall Members' Auction
December 14 - Holiday Social & Raffle
January - No Meeting
We started our new 2018-19 meeting season with a lecture/demonstration featuring Jim Doyle.
Following a retrospect of JIm’s bonsai path and a short video of bonsai inspirations. Jim got to work on his material for the evening, a collected Engleman Spruce. Jim favors this spruce as it does well in bonsai cultivation and acclimates well to this area.
Jim worked on improving some jins and removed some of the branches that were not usable. With some able assistance,, the tree was wired, and members had the opportunity to walk up and get a close-up look at some of the wiring work. The finished demo tree showed some real potential for future refinement, and our raffle winner, Mark Maher left with a real winner of a tree!
Many thanks to Jim for an excellent and inspiring program - a great start to our year!
(Jim's able wiring assistant was Jim Egolf.)
Don't forget, the Members' Auction is coming up this November! While you're getting things ready for winter storage, look over your plant material. Perhaps your collection is getting out of hand and it's time to part with some trees. Perhaps you're "downsizing" - either reducing the number of trees or moving into shohin bonsai. How about those prebonsai you've been meaning to do something with? Maybe you have a super pot collection, but can never find a pot and tree match (sound familiar?). Whatever you're doing, think about putting those items in the November Auction. You'll receive 80% of the selling price, with 20% going to the club.
This year, there will be some very nice prebonsai material, bonsai, and bonsai pots donated by a former PBS member, Chuck Omer.
As this newsletter is being written, there are frost warnings posted for the next morning. That serves as a reminder to us that winter isn't that far off, and we need to start making plans for winter storage.
Before going into storage we want to make sure our trees are healthy. We also should plan on removing any surface moss or moss clinging to trunks. Both can harbor moisture, insect eggs, and fungi. Prevention sure beats losing a tree to disease or root rot.
Our trees received their last fertilization this week. We've been using a 0-10-10 fertilizer for the past month or so, with the idea of not encouraging new leaf growth and encouraging rooting and winter hardiness. Watering will continue on an as-needed basis.
Where to store trees for the winter brings up the question of winter hardiness. Most native trees have no problem with winter conditions in our area, but those that are "imports" might need more shelter.
Larches, most pines, hornbeams, and native azaleas have no problems coping with our winters, so outside storage with wind and sun protection usually works well. Some japanese maples and trident maples and Japanese azaleas require more protection, so a cold greenhouse or unheated garage may be best. Trees kept inside must be monitored carefully to avoid drying out. Trees in our garage are watered every 7-14 days provided the rootball is not frozen. Growth will begin earlier in the spring than outside trees , so the "bonsai shuffle" usually commences, trees out during the day, trees in at night.
Directions to the Greater Plymouth Community Center
From Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276)-Take Exit 333 (Norristown - old exit 25). At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Plymouth Road. At the light, turn right onto Germantown Pike West. Continue approximately one (1) mile, through five (5) traffic lights. At the sixth light, turn right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.
From Blue Route (I-476)-Take exit for Germantown Pike West (Exit 20). Continue on Germantown Pike west for approximately one (1) mile, through six (6) traffic lights. At the seventh light ti right onto Jolly Road. The Community Center is on the right at 2910 Jolly Road.
From Route 202-Follow Route 202 to Germantown Pike. Travel EAST on Germantown Pike, through five (5) traffic lights. At the next traffic light, approximately half a mile, turn left on Jolly Road.