Last Meeting: Feb.19th, at the TEANECK GREENHOUSE,
Our February meeting at the Teaneck Greenhouse was really good.
It was all about fertilizer, which along with growing medium is the
essential element in growing and keeping our trees healthy. As
promised in the Feb newsletter, Peter brought a bucket full of a
fertilizer mix that he made using the following recipe :
1) 4 cups of Tree Tone (62.7 %)
Tree Tone by Espoma is an organic 6-3-2
2) 2 cups of Bio Tone (33.1 %)
Bio Tone also by Espoma is a "starter" added during repotting
and is 4-3-3
3) 2 tbs humic acid (2 % )
4) 2 tbs Azomite - a trace mineral rich material (2%)
5) 2 tbs silica - very finely ground (2%)
Clearly many other formulations can be successful, however, when I
drank a single cup of this mixture as a tea, within 15 minutes I
turned green, had roots growing from the tips of my fingers and then
sprouted leaves from my nose. The effects on plants however are more subtle.
There were 12 of us and we filled empty tea bags with the mix and
sealed the bag ends with hair heating irons (at least 60 watts). The
group made about 1100 bags and could have been much more productive if we had more irons. We each paid 10 cents a bag for materials costs. Each bag leaches fertilizer for about a month. There is considerable effort in making a large quantity of these slow release bags but the ease and dependability of keeping our plants well fed may be worth it. There is still a large quantity of mixture left over for members wishing to try out this system. Thank you, Peter for a great job.
Up Coming Meeting: June 11th , back at Closter Nature Center
154 Ruckman Rd. Closter, NJ
**program to be determined**
JUN 11TH. OUR SERGIO— LECTURE DEMO ON JAPANESE MAPLES — WORKSHOP
We are fortunate to be having our very own Sergio Cuan as a visiting artist who will be giving a
special talk about growing Japanese Maples as bonsai. This is a great opportunity to learn a lot from an award
winning artist ( one of his trees was selected as best tree by the American Bonsai Society a few years ago) about these wonderful beautiful trees. What varieties are best and how to get them. How do you develop trees from cuttings. What is J maples year round care requirements and what are the specific techniques that
eventually develop a mind blowing tree. Much of what is said may well be applicable to other deciduous trees as well, so this is a very useful meeting, NOT TO BE MISSED!
The afternoon session will be an open workshop for BYO trees, preferably any maple, please bring in any that you have. Other species are also welcome but Peter Sobel recently brought back about twenty
tropicals , which he purchased for the club from Florida. These are mostly small ficus, but there are other species as well. Peter says they have real potential. They will be available at cost ($20 -$30) to members who can start initial styling in the afternoon session. Trees which are not sold will stay as club trees and will be
developed by our members for later sale to the public as part of our plan to increase membership in Bergen Bonsai.