5 September 2017

Deadwood workshop



Deadwood seminar 


Next one 10 September 2017 at 9h30

As Deadwood seems to be the favourite theme at the moment, we will be having another Deadwood workshop. 

Bring trees, tools, power tools, extension cables, multiplugs and turntables. R100 per session. Registration by email bford@cybersmart.co.za is essential as numbers are limited.

1 September 2017

Bonsai things to do in Cape Town - September

SEPTEMBER  

Month
Mean Rainfall mm
Rel.  Humidity %
Daily Sun­shine Hrs
Temp. Max Celcius
Temp. Min Celcius
Sept
41,7
77
7,7
19,2
8,7

POSITION
Still cold, rainy and windy but the signs of spring are emerging and buds are swelling. Some trees are well into new leaf.
WATERING
Water if it does not rain for a few days. Wind causes evaporation even on really cold days.
FERTILISING
As deciduous trees come into leaf they will benefit from light feeds. Evergreens that show signs of growth may also be fed lightly. Growth stimulants may be used but remember that they are not substitutes for fertiliser. After the heavy rains of winter nutrients have been leached out of the small quantity of soil in bonsai pots. Bonsai are dependant on feeding.
DISEASE CONTROL
Pests, especially sucking mites and some fungi are active, take steps to control if necessary before they debilitate a bonsai.
PRUNING
Allow the soft branchlets on deciduous trees to extend to about seven leaves and then prune back to 2 leaves. This is a vital exercise to build up a fine network of small branchlets (ramification).
POTTING
It is best to wait until next month for potting evergreens but some deciduous trees which are not yet in leaf may be judiciously potted.
REMARKS
An exciting time of the year for bonsai enthusiasts as new growth appears. It’s a good time to spring clean and tidy up. Do not be discouraged by the odd storm which causes a mess, look upon the clean-up as a relaxing and therapeutic exercise. Remove spent blossoms on winter flowering bonsai such as azaleas. The production of seed takes a lot out of a small bonsai.

25 August 2017

Shipment arrived

We are pleased to advise that 8 tons of Bonsai goodies arrived from the Far East last Friday. Our shelves are packed with new ceramic pots of various sizes, including a limited selection of high quality bonsai pots, a range of reasonably priced plastic training pots, a new range of mud men including tiny ones, tools and wire.

Arrival and unpacking of the container, contents of which filled our triple garage.






Large pots

 High quality pots - limited numbers












Mudmen




Plastic pots





Ceramic pots 

1 August 2017

Bonsai Things to do in Cape Town - August

AUGUST

Month
Mean Rainfall mm
Rel.  Humidity %
Daily Sun­shine Hrs
Temp. Max Celcius
Temp. Min Celcius
August
73,7
79
6,7
17,8
7,4

POSITION
Still wet, cold, windy and dark but beneath the gloom sap is rising and potting is hectic. Finish potting deciduous trees this month and add acacias to the list.
WATERING
Little watering required but be wary of consecutive dry days. Check drainage holes in pots and if trees are not draining properly lift them up and place coarse gravel under them.
FERTILISING
It is still very early to apply feeds but growth stimulants such as Superthrive may be used. Once growth commences fertilisers may be used.
DISEASE CONTROL
Pests are waking up and whilst humans are still reluctant to go outdoors pests may be damaging little trees. Take the necessary precautions.
PRUNING
Pruning may now be carried out freely, stimulating growth by pruning on both deciduous and evergreens are useful.
POTTING
Deciduous trees may still be potted but take care with evergreens it is still too cold for them. Only pot when the onset of growth is obvious.
REMARKS
August days are longer but temperatures are still lower than in June. This area is still in winter, so take care not to do things best left to spring.

SUISEKI AND PENJING
The weather is conducive to collecting rocks as SUISEKI or for creating PENJING. It is also very healthy both physically and mentally to get outdoors and to enjoy a special closeness with nature.

27 July 2017

Create your Own Bonsai Courses 2017

Create Your Own Bonsai Courses 2017
           
28 January 2017                             25 February 2017                           25 March 2017
22 April 2017                                   26 August 2017                              30 September 2017
21 October 2017

We regularly hold courses, please have a look at our website for further dates.

These courses are suitable for beginners or for people who have some experience growing bonsai. You may bring one tree to work on or buy a starter tree and pot at the nursery on the day of the course. The Course starts promptly at 09h30. It is advisable to arrive early to allow time for you to buy a STARTER TREE, WIRE AND POT if you wish.  Your purchases can be made according to your budget, starter trees range from R25, pots from R15 and wire from R15.
  

The cost of the course is R290 per person. INCLUDED IN THE COST IS EXPERT TUITION, SOIL, GRAVEL AND MESH.

The program includes three aspects of bonsai, namely;

HORTICULTURAL,        TECHNICAL,               ARTISTIC

You need to bring: Tools, secateurs, trimming scissors, wire cutters, pencil and paper if you wish to take notes. Tools, starter trees and pots are for sale at the nursery.


We only run the courses if we have a minimum number of six participants but our courses are usually fully booked so don't leave booking until the last minute.

1 July 2017

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.

22 June 2017

SABC3 Expresso Bonsai Experience



Here is the link to the Bonsai experience that was recently filmed in our nursery for the SABC3 Expresso show.

 Expresso Bonsai Experience with Zoe and Zola Nene