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many of our bonsai specimens now in a dormant winter period, our December
focuses on bonsai documentation, a subject we don’t often see in
bonsai references. The life of a
tree comprises plant origination (from a cutting, air layering, in-the-wild harvesting,
purchase, etc.); periodic re-potting; and application of fungicides, dormant
oil, and fertilizers.
Root pruning and styling are just a few of the
many other activities also involving a bonsai tree.
great way to track all of this activity is to first identify the plants with
a number or name.
They can then be
tracked through entries in a log book or software program with information and
that might otherwise be easily forgotten.
One good method that I use is a software program
called Bonsai Album
(available in both Mac and Windows format). Like other bonsai documentation
application tracks pot history, plant history, and includes a photo area with many
features that I find useful. We expend a great deal of time and effort
raising bonsai, and I find that
this extra effort toward recording and tracking
my bonsai activities is indeed worth the time required.
always, enjoy this great art and join a local bonsai group and enjoy sharing bonsai
great friends. While we do not gather in a meeting this month, if you are in the North Alabama area,
come visit with us at our January 2015 meeting.
To all our
wonderful bonsai friends, we at the Living Art Bonsai Society
wish for you a joyous Holiday season!