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June 2014 Speaker - Bonsaii Trees

Posted by First Czech Garden Club on July 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Daniel Kosta spoke about growing Bonsaii Trees

Bonsai means 'Box Tree'.  It is an image of a full size tree in miniature.  There are two varieties in the United States: Indoor and Outdoor.  The Indoor trees are tropical trees and would not survive the American winters.  The Outdoor varities behave just like their full size counterparts and need the colde to go dormant.

Bonsaii trees are kept small with trimming.  It takes years to get a tree to look right.  Some Bonsaii trees are over 100 years old.  When trimming a tree, a plan must be made that takes in the entire life of the tree - not just how you want it to look after one clipping.  The best time to trim is when the tree is coming out of dormancy.  Use wire to shape the tree.  Place copper or aluminum wire around a branch and move the branch where you want it.  The tree will continue to grow so the wire will have to be cut an replaced before it grows into the tree. Flowers, Fruit, and leaves cannot be reduced

Bonsaii trees grow in pots.  True Bonsaii pots are very expensive but will enhance the look of the tree.  Make sure the pot drains well.  Trim the roots to help the tree grow.

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