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Bonsai (pronounced bone-sigh) is translated loosely from Japanese meaning “tree in a pot.”  It is not particular species or type of tree.  Rather, it is a combination of art and plant culture attempting to imitate nature.
This Saturday, February 18, starting at 10:00 we have members from The Richmond Bonsai Society here providing a FREE seminar on Growing Bonsai and teaching the fundamentals of creating and growing Bonsai.  If you have just the slightest interest in learning more about bonsai then this is a perfect opportunity to join us for this very informative seminar.  You have the interest so don’t allow intimidation keep you from taking advantage of this seminar.
Here are just some thoughts to get your interest started in bonsai:

  1. INDOOR vs. OUTDOOR BONSAI:  Tropical and subtropical trees and shrubs make interesting and beautiful bonsai, and can live inside your home or office year round or can be summered outside.  “Hardy” outdoor plants, such as boxwoods, junipers, azaleas, etc., require a cold, winter dormancy period of several months with temperatures below 50 degrees.  To protect hardy bonsai from freezing during this time, the bonsai (the its pot) could be “planted” in the ground in a protected area.
  2. LIGHT:   Light requirements vary by species, but most indoor bonsai will grow happily in an east or west window, with direct morning or late afternoon sun.  Outdoor bonsai generally do best when shaded from the mid-day sun.
  3. WATERING:   Too much or too little water can kill a bonsai plant quickly.  Always feel the soil before you water.  It is not a good idea to rely on a schedule for watering.  ALWAYS WATER THOROUGHLY!!
  4. FERTILIZER:  Plants should be fertilized when they are actively growing.
  1.  If you use wire for styling, remove the wire after a branch has “set” and before the wire cuts into the bark.
  2. Do not fertilize a newly potted or root-pruned plant.  The roots may not be able to absorb the fertilizer and the plant may experience fertilizer burn.
  3. Do not apply fertilizer to a dry soil.
So, I have just given you just enough basic information to get yourself interested in trying a bonsai.  I may be like you in that I need more knowledge on bonsai to get over from being intimidated by this art form.  I am looking forward to this challenge and I just may take advantage of this bonsai plant sale to get started.  
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