1 July 2018

Bonsai Things to do in Cape Town - July


JULY
Month
Mean Rainfall mm
Rel.  Humidity %
Daily Sun­shine Hrs
Temp. Max Celcius
Temp. Min Celcius
July
96,9
81
6,2
17,4
7,1

POSITION
The shortest day has passed and days are getting longer but only marginally. The same remarks apply as for June.
WATERING
The water table is high and frequent rains and dull days often mean wet condi­tions but, take care! A few dry days and bonsai could suffer. The winds are strong and frequent, shelter delicate trees and pots! Ensure that pots drain correctly. 
FERTILISING
No point in fertilising this month - temperatures are too low.
DISEASE CONTROL
Snails and slugs are busy, use appropriate bait. Fungus spores may be active during wet humid conditions. It is never cold enough in our area to kill spores of fungus effectively.  Spray with fungicides if necessary.
PRUNING
Winter prune and design prune deciduous trees.
POTTING
This is a really busy potting month for most deciduous trees such as Celtis, Ulmus, Acer, Taxodium, Betula, Carpinus, Wisteria and Malus. Visit a nursery for soil and pot supplies. It is always preferable to take a tree for which a pot is to be chosen to the pot supplier for direct selection.
REMARKS
A month when enthusiasm is sometimes at a low ebb but soon sap will be rising. Enjoy exchanging views with like minded people and reading books and maybe even surfing the web on Bonsai and related topics.

1 June 2018

Bonsai Things to do in Cape Town - June

JUNE     

Month
Mean Rainfall mm
Rel.  Humidity %
Daily Sun­shine Hrs
Temp. Max Celcius
Temp. Min Celcius
June
98,3
81
5,9
18
7,7

POSITION
The daily sunshine hours are short and trees may have to be moved to sunnier spots. In some cases shade cloth has to be removed to allow for more light. It may be necessary to tie some trees down because of the strong north-west winds which blow now.
WATERING
The weather is often overcast and cool, everything seems to be damp. Bonsai pots with fast draining soils may dry out so be aware that it may be necessary to water. Check drainage holes in pots for blockages, trees drown quickly.
FERTILISING
Most trees especially deciduous ones do not require feeding this month. Some trees native to the winter rainfall region have a strong growing period after the commencement of winter rains and benefit from light balanced feeds. 
DISEASE
CONTROL
Snails and slugs are the main invaders and cause damage - use the necessary bait. Spray deciduous trees with diluted lime-sulphur to kill off spores and eggs of insects and fungi which hatch when warmer weather arrives.
PRUNING
Winter pruning of deciduous trees starts now – first with Celtis then Elms, Maples and Swamp Cypress. It is generally better to prune after leaf-drop. Another indoor activity is wood carving and cleaning up jins and shari. Do not for­get to treat carved areas with pure lime-sulphur.
POTTING
Later in the month potting of early deciduous trees may be started. Start with Celtis, Elms, Swamp Cypress. Leave Maple and Acacias for next month. 
REMARKS
This is a cold and wet month, a good time to curl up next to the fire reading bonsai books and getting enthused for spring. Also a good time to service, clean and sharpen tools. A pleasant task is to choose pots for trees which need potting or for re-potting. It is a good idea to write down jobs to be done.
There are some bonsai in flower, such as Kurume azaleas. Enjoy them but remove spent flowers.

25 May 2018

Mame pots for sale


Beautiful selection of Mame pots just unpacked. Most of them are Japanese and collected by Lionel and Gail on their many trips to the Far East over the last 45 years. Priced from R100.

4 May 2018

World Bonsai Day


Bishopsford will be hosting World Bonsai Day which promises to be an interesting, inspiring, fun-filled day involving the members of the Cape Regional Association of Bonsai (CRAB). The Western Cape clubs are bringing their “best” or most inspiring” presentation seen at their meetings over the past year, a Bonsai competition will take place, auction of a private collection of mame pots, vendors tables & lucky draws/prizes.

The competition will be divided into the following categories and we ask that each club enter at least one tree (maximum 2) per category, deadline for entries 5 May 2018:
- Under 5 years Bonsai experience
- 5 to 10 years Bonsai experience
- Over 10 years Bonsai experience
- Seasonal display (flowering/winter silhouette/best of the season)
- Out of the box/Innovative Bonsai
The best competition trees will be voted for by the delegates attending.
Certificates and a small prize will be awarded.

Schedule 
9.00am Registration & competition tree setup
9.30am Bonsai evaluation – Lionel Theron – ¾ hour
10.15am Baobabs – Frikkie - Blaauwberg – ½ hour 
10.45am Tea
11.15am SA Heritage Collection – Willem Pretorius - Boland
11.45am Bonsai for me – Neil Van Blerk - Oyama– ¾ hour
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Bonsai Europa report back - Carl Morrow – CBK
2pm Auction of Mame pots collected over 45 years
2.30pm Tea 
3pm Buddleja Saligna – Freddie Bischoff - Tygerberg
3.30pm Competition results & close – ½ hour

Registration
Registration is essential by email to capecrab@gmail.com to facilitate catering and seating arrangements, deadline 5 May 2018. R50 registration fee payable on registration and receipt of the EFT will confirm your seat. 
Bank details will be sent with confirmation that space is available. 
Numbers are limited and we are filling up fast. 

Refreshments:
Refreshments are included in your registration fee mid-morning and afternoon tea/coffee and at lunchtime Boerewors rolls will be available.

1 May 2018

Bonsai Things to do in Cape Town - May


MAY 

Month
Mean Rainfall mm
Rel.  Humidity %
Daily Sun­shine Hrs
Temp. Max Celcius
Temp. Min Celcius
May
76,7
80
6,3
20
9,5

POSITION
Some showers and cooler weather are on the way. Some bonsai may have to be moved into sunnier spots or shade cloth may have to be removed.
WATERING
As usual watering needs to be watched, especially if the weather is cool and overcast but no rain has actually fallen.
FERTILISING
This is the last opportunity for feeding as with lower temperatures and shorter days plants do not take up much in the way of nutrients.
DISEASE CONTROL
Many pests are going into hibernation but snails and slugs are active.
PRUNING
Do not prune deciduous plants as stimulating growth is undesirable in winter, plants need a rest period.
POTTING
Too late for autumn potting and too early for deciduous trees.
REMARKS
A balmy month as a rule and the last chance to mix soil in reasonably dry conditions. Mosses are starting to appear remember to leave small pieces when collecting so that regeneration takes place. 

5 April 2018

Bonsai Design Workshop - Coleonema



Join our Bonsai design workshop on Sunday 8 April 2018 from 9h30 to 12h30. Our focus will be on Coleonema but bring along any other Bonsai that you wish to work on or require assistance with.

Bring trees, tools, power tools, extension cables, multiplugs, turntables and enthusiasm. No charge. Registration by email bford@cybersmart.co.za is essential as numbers are limited.

1 April 2018

Bonsai Things to do in Cape Town - April


APRIL 
Month
Mean Rainfall mm
Rel.  Humidity %
Daily Sun­shine Hrs
Temp. Max Celcius
Temp. Min Celcius
April
55,5
76
7,8
22,8
11,8

POSITION
Early autumn and a delightful time of year; some showers may be expected. The sun is no longer so fierce and days are getting shorter.
WATERING
Bonsai tend to dry out and watering is still a priority.
FERTILISING
Fertilising has to be done diligently if bonsai are to do well and to promote autumn colours.
DISEASE CONTROL
Pests are active and control is necessary.
PRUNING
Maintenance pruning may be done this month.
POTTING
Nearly all evergreens and figs can be safely potted at this time of the year. Post potting recovery is usually good.
REMARKS
As the days get shorter and the weather is milder it is an agreeable time to be in the garden.