This is Our 21st Year Serving the Treasure Valley
- Thanks to all our members and elected officials for making this a 1st-Class Bonsai Society!
Monthly BBS Meeting
20 APR; 6pm
Companion Plants - Hands-on Project. Make one at the meeting. Club will have soil & plants. Bring a very small pot!
Location: Farwest Nursery
Hosting a Class at FarWest Nursery
10 May; Time TBD
Our members help participants. Come and join the fun!
Location: Farwest Nursery
- Shaping: Now is the time to prune Maples and pinch back unwanted growth for the next 12 months.
- Old Wire: Check all wiring from the previous year and remove if needed.
- Fertilize - Give your Bonsai fertilizer (5-10-10) at least twice a month to jump-start them.
- * Do not fertilize blooming plants until blossoms drop.
Random Photos Displayed Above are From:
Our last Picnic/Auction held on 13 AUG 2016,
Koi & Bonsai Show held at the Idaho Botanical Garden on 27 AUG 2016, and
Boise Flower and Garden Show Bonsai Display, 24-26 MAR 2017.
The Boise Bonsai Society (BBS) is a group of dedicated bonsai enthusiasts from the greater Boise, Idaho area. Our goal is to educate both our members and the general public in the art form known as 'Bonsai' (pronounced 'bone-sigh'), the ancient Asian art of growing miniature trees in pots. Our club holds bonsai workshops, collecting trips, and annual shows throughout the year. All levels of ability are welcome!
A Bonsai Educational Experience for All
Our Boise Bonsai Society is Famous! - Recent Interview by KTVB Channel 7:
* News Media Coverage: The Boise Bonsai Society leadership was recently interviewed by KTVB, NewsChannel 7, and aired 26-28 May 2016 on "You can grow it with Jim Duthie". You can watch the full segment by selecting the video image below and waiting for the advertisement to complete.
16 March 2017 Meeting:
- Fertilize right out of the ground, March through June or July.
- Do not fertilize right after repotting - allow 4-6 weeks for roots to recover.
- Apply iron to Pines & Junipers to green them up.
- Sumo Cakes (4.5, 4.5, 4.5) - https://www.sumocakes.com.
- Rapeseed Fertilizer Cakes (5, 2, 1) - Stone Lantern Rapeseed.
- GreenDream Fertilizer Cakes (7, 5, 5) - Stone Lantern Green Dream.
- Dyno-gro Fertilizer (7, 9, 5) - Stone Lantern Dyno-gro Bonsai Pro.
- Fish Emulsion (5, 1, 1) - Walmart Alaska Fish Emulsion Plant Food.
Other topics discussed:
- Best to wire in Summer and Fall; not in Spring.
- Best time to repot evergreens is in June/July, after foliage is very strong; evergreen strength is in the foliage.
- When pruning Maples, always seal wounds. Maple wounds dry out and die back very easily; they also allow for infection.
- Demonstration on cleaning pots to prepare for display.
- 'Bar Keepers Friend' cleaning product can help clean stubborn hard-water stains from pots, etc. - Walmart Bar Keepers Friend.
"The first. Best to leave them alone. It's true that flowering weakens a tree a bit. But pine candles are also quite delicate when growing..." (Michael Hagedorn, Crataegus Bonsai, MAY 2016)
"Schefflera and Brassaia are two related species of plants both commonly called 'Schefflera'. They are found in nearly every nursery and garden center's indoor foliage area or in the terrarium plant section..." (Jerry Meislik, APR 2016)
"There's a storm of confusion around these two techniques, and it's one of those things we don't want to get wrong. Pines take a couple years to get back on track, once off track, and so they make us look at our mistakes for a long time..." (Michael Hagedorn, Crataegus Bonsai, APR 2016)
"Pinching or cutting your juniper foliage and needles. Which one is the better method? Traditionally, the technique for pushing back growth in junipers was to pinch the needle tips of the juniper foliage. By doing so, it would push the foliage back so that the branch would not get as long..." (Eastern Leaf, DEC 2015)
"The Money Tree (Pachira aquatica) is a plant that has many legends and beliefs originating from China. Although there are many tales and stories as to its beginnings, the most common story is that a truck driver in Taiwan had decided to braid the trunks of five small trees in a single pot. A more legendary tale floats around of a very poor farmer who was very down on his luck and spirit. One day, he found a very curious looking plant with braided trunks..." (Eastern Leaf, DEC 2015)
"Fall has just started and the weather may be cooling down in your area. For all trees, the decrease in temperature and season change will start to affect your bonsai tree..." (Eastern Leaf, OCT 2015)
"Repotting season is a conflicting time for most bonsai enthusiasts. For some, it's a happy time since some are finally able to pot their finished tree into a bonsai pot. For others, it's doing routine maintenance to ensure the health of the tree..." (Eastern Leaf, OCT 2015)
"Repotting your tree is one of the most important things you can do for your bonsai tree..." (Eastern Leaf, OCT 2015)
"Preparing your pot is an essential step to repotting your tree. In this tutorial, we'll go over the steps to properly prepare your pot for a new tree..." (Jason Chan, Eastern Leaf, OCT 2015)
"1. Water your tree more than once a day...
2. When you water your tree, make a few passes at it..." (Eastern Leaf, AUG 2015)
"The clip and grow method is a great way to familiarize yourself with the growth patterns of your tree. For beginners, it's also a great method to train your tree without needing to apply wire to your tree..." (Eastern Leaf, AUG 2015)
"To develop ramifications on your black pine bonsai tree you often have to deal with leggy growth..." (Eastern Leaf, JUL 2015)
"Wiring is one of the essential techniques for working with your bonsai tree..." (Eastern Leaf, JUL 2015)
"The most common issue ... is when new enthusiasts fertilize improperly. E.g. when a tree looks sick or weak, fertilizing it too heavy in hopes that the extra food will save it. Most often this causes the complete opposite result." (Eastern Leaf, JUL 2015)
A resource-center of popular articles on tips, techniques, and methods for caring for your trees... (Eastern Leaf, 2016)
(Pronounced 'bone-sigh') The art of growing trees in trays or pots. Derived from 'bon', meaning 'tray' and 'sai', meaning 'tree' (Pessey & Samson, 1992, "Bonsai Basics", p16).
Beautiful Stone; used in formal display. Viewing Stones offer a story and serve as companions to the Bonsai in formal display.
Companion Plant; used in formal display.
Exposed surface roots, located at the base of the tree.
The training and development of secondary branch structure from the main branches by regular pruning, encouraging thick foliage and pad-development.
The 'Indestructable Bonsai'
. A popular in-door/tropical species of tree used in Bonsai. 'Dwarf' variety of the full-sized Brassaia.
Companion Stone; used in formal display. Note, the word 'stone' is used in Bonsai terminology; not 'rock'.
Wild trees collected for training as Bonsai.
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