Newsletters · September 2016

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Roots, Shoots & Tips

We apologize to all who were disappointed about the late cancellation of the August program/workshop with Bill Jones. Bill is doing better now and we hope to reschedule in November.

TREASURER’S REPORT – one expenditure in September, $100 paid to the U-U Church of Utica for rental fee for the remainder of 2016. Current account balance is $995.28.

There is no club meeting in September.
Instead we encourage all members to attend the U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition in Rochester:

5th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition

Saturday & Sunday September 10 & 11, 2016

Opens 8:30 a.m. Saturday & 9 a.m. Sunday
Daily admission $20 each day

No cameras allowed

Total Sports Experience Arena
435 West Commercial Street
East Rochester, New York

There is a large vending area for all your bonsai needs – bonsai and pre-bonsai material, pots and other containers, tools, books and more. Allow yourself sufficient time to shop.


SEPTEMBER TIPS from Cathy Brown

It's not too early to be thinking about wintering your bonsai. You should know the requirements for each of your trees. 

 The following are brief guidelines:

Tropical trees: when nighttime temperatures are regularly going below 60 degrees, it's time to bring them inside. Examples: Bougainvillea, Portulacaria, Ficus, Brazilian Rain tree. Winter in a warm, sunny window or greenhouse.

Subtropicals: when nighttime temperatures are regularly going below 50 degrees, it's time to bring them inside: Examples: Podacarpus, Brush Cherry. Some can winter in a sunny window or greenhouse.

Temperate/frost tender/half hardy: when nighttime temperatures are regularly going below 45 degrees, it's time to bring them inside: Examples: Some varieties of Azalea, Pyracantha, Nandina, Crape Myrtle, some Boxwood varieties. Depending on your trees, they'll need to be wintered between about 35 and 45 degrees and will need to be watered on a reduced schedule depending on the tree. 

Hardy: These trees can withstand some temperatures well below freezing; sometime in November they should be placed in an area protected from the wind and storms. Deciduous examples: Many (but not all) Maples, Beech, Flowering Quince, Cotoneaster, Crab Apple. Coniferous examples: Japanese Black Pine, Japanese White Pine, Shimpaku Juniper (and other junipers), Spruce, Cypress, Larch.  


Future calendar events for MVBC to be announced in the October newsletter.

Upcoming local events:

September 17-18 at the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip Street, Liverpool, NY
Sat 10-5
Sun 12-4


September 24-25 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, NY
Sat 10-4:45
Sun 12-4