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Bonsai Banter Issue # 043 'Funky Monkey' pine?
October 02, 2013

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Bonsai in Autumn

Fall is a busy time of year for bonsai aficionados. Whether you're growing conifers, deciduous or tropicals there's plenty to do. This is not the time to put off projects, it's the time to get them done!

(Although we had our share of things to brag about, fall in Miami never displayed anything quite like this.)

Are Your Indoor Bonsai Still Outdoors?

I bet you gave your indoor trees a wonderful outdoor experience for the summer. Now that it's time to go back in, try not to put them in shock.

Use a gradual return. If you have any of them growing in the sun, place them in a shadier location for several days before moving them indoors. (Unless the cold nights arrive too quickly.)

This lower light will make them happpy to have the hopefully better indoor light. They will also, most likely loose less leaves this way.

NOTE to my tropical friends, aren't you glad you don't have this problem?

A Destructive Winter Pest

Isn't he cute? If he finds your bonsai, you won't think so.

For those of you who put your bonsai away for the winter, prepare now. Make sure voles are not a problem in your area.

Never heard of voles? This is a timely article.

Email - Traveling With Bonsai

Eric Butler is a newcomer to bonsai. He's in the process of moving from Ohio to Arizona.

Eric's email: What will be the best way in which to transport these two "friends" of mine? I'm presuming in my car ... I will be driving. Any suggestions, tips, would be most appreciated.

My reply: Water and let your bonsai drain well before putting them in the car. It may also be a good idea to place plastic bags around the pots to keep them from drying out along the way.

Watch the weather! If it is very cold, or very hot, remember these are living plants and should be treated much like a pet. It you wouldn't leave your dog in the car, don't leave your bonsai. (Even if it is just a quick stop for a bite to eat.)

Taking your bonsai into a restaurant may even create some fun you didn't expect.

Eric's response: Thank you so much! I do treat the trees like pets; I think my dog may be a little jealous!

Old Tree, New Life

One of my favorite books is 'Bonsai' by Australian Deborah Koreshoff. Deborah learned bonsai from her pioneering parents Vita and Dorothy.

I recently found a current and interesting article about her mum on the National Arboretum Canberra site.

New Pages on BonsaiMary site

The new carissa bonsai page shows a Natal plum (the 8 inch, tiny leaf one) that was originally mine.

It was struggling when I gave it to Johnson Teh.

He not only saved it from a near certain death, but it looks fantastic.

I also included a photo of my "Funky Monkey" pine on the new Bonsai Pine Tree page.

Take a look (you'll know which one it is.) See how it acquired that name, "Hairy Harry," and a few others.

While going through my bonsai pictures, I found several Ed Trout 'in the hallway' demo photos from a Florida convention, so I included them in a new bonsai articles page called A Convention Story.

Show Time

Wigert's Bonsai Nursery Open House
2930 South Road, N.Ft. Myers, FL

November 2 & 3, 2013 Free Demonstrations all weekend

Featuring Charles Ceronio from South Africa.
Local artists : Ed Trout, Mike Lane, & Jason Osborne.
From Germany: Max Engels.
Also featuring Japanese Garden Designer on site John Powell.

GSBF Convention XXXVI
Golden State
October 31 - November 3, 2013
Burbank Airport Marriott

Guest artists: David DeGroot, Suthin Sukosolvisit, Peter Warren

Two shows from Last Month's Bonsai Banter:

Both of these shows are like mini-conventions. Friday night grand openings and two days of real bonsai adventure - workshops, vendors and demonstrations.

The Joy of Bonsai First Annual Shohin Exhibit
October 11 - 13, 2013

Flagler County Extension Service Building
Bunnell, Florida
Go to Facebook: Joy of Bonsai-Shohin for more details

Bonsai Society of Miami
October 19 - 20, 2013

Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road
Pinecrest, Miami, Florida
Contact Hiram:

Site Reminders

Don't forget, if you have a bonsai business or are a bonsai speaker, I have very reasonable prices and excellent exposure available for Your Ads.

Until next month, thanks for your input and for visiting my site.


Mary Miller

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