Greetings, members and friends:
If you don’t have spring fever by now, you must be in Arizona or Florida. If that’s not the case, join us at the adult classroom at Lauritzen Gardens next Sunday, March 18, 1-5 p.m. We’ll start with some timely topics and you’ll have a chance to discuss other spring considerations.
Repotting and collecting trees are two activities that are done in the spring. Terry Bryan and Max Miller are teaming up to discuss and show styling of collected trees and repotting techniques.
In the first part, Max will demonstrate one way to handle collected deciduous trees that have good trunks but “ugly” branches. He has two hackberry trees that were collected in April of 2016 during the club collecting trip to Endicott, NE. They are similar in size and both have old trunks with good taper, but unattractive primary branches. Last spring, Max cut off all the primary branches on one of the trees, but not the other. So he will compare the original branches on one tree with the new branches of the other one — a sort of before and after comparison.
Max also plans to repot the tree that has new branches. This will be a demonstration of the first repotting of a collected tree. It is growing in a black nursery pot and will be moved to a round training pot. He expects to find a somewhat sparse root system and the tap root will need to shortened.
Terry will then demonstrate how to repot an established bonsai growing in a bonsai pot. His tree will have a full root ball and will require a more typical repotting process.
This is a good time to check your supplies: Are your pruners sharp? Do you have a root rake? Need any growing medium? Contact Max if you need to buy tools or very nice quality Japanese training pots (see attached); check our website if you want to buy “soil” ingredients at a great price.
At the meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up as a volunteer for our spring show, May 3-5.
And don’t forget to bring your dues if you haven’t already paid them.
Last but not least, bring your questions and trees to work on. We look forward to seeing you!