Dennis Coad Maple Living Art Bonsai Society
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With many of our bonsai specimens now in a dormant winter period, our December discussion
focuses on bonsai documentation, a subject we don’t often see in bonsai references.   The life of a
bonsai tree comprises plant origination (from a cutting, air layering, in-the-wild harvesting, retail 
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. 

A 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
details 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
programs, this application tracks pot history, plant history, and includes a photo area with many other
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. 

As always, enjoy this great art and join a local bonsai group and enjoy sharing bonsai culture with 
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!



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