Jul 18

Gardening: Bonsai tiny trees on display

THE Newcastle Bonsai Society will hold its annual exhibition this weekend, from Friday 1pm until Sunday 4pm at Charlestown Bowling Club.

This is the one garden event not to miss – these enthusiastic growers of bonsai have been meeting monthly since 1976 and their knowledge is extensive.

Last Saturday, with all that dreadful weather, I was reminded of my personal experiment with bonsai and the lessons I learnt.

One day, a hot and windy one like Saturday, I forgot to water my bonsai, and the mistake was fatal, as they were displayed in the full sun.

I learnt two things: grow bonsai in a more sheltered spot, and that watering is critical.

The Oxford Dictionary describes a bonsai plant as an artificially dwarf potted tree or shrub. The word bonsai according to Japanese teaching means “planted in a container” and it did take some time for the Western world to discover what the Chinese and Japanese tree lovers have known for centuries – that there is a way to dwarf and train giant forest trees so that they grow gracefully and in perfect health.

My efforts at creating bonsai was very elementary – to create a real bonsai you prune, coax and train the tree into a beautiful, but natural shape.

Fertilising is important – apply slow release fertiliser as needed and a foliant fertiliser such as Flourish once a fortnight, making the solution weaker than normal applications.

If you wish to wire, shape and root prune, I would suggest you join the Bonsai Society where this kind of knowledge is easily accessible.

The most important fact I can pass on to readers is that bonsai are not houseplants – they can be taken inside occasionally, but only for a brief period.

Plants that are suitable for bonsai are azaleas, camellias, conifers, buxus, ficus and maples.

If you require further information about the coming exhibition, the secretary of the society can be contacted on 4952 9376 or 0409 178 080.

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