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Board Meeting – February 2020

2020 MBS Board Meeting AgendaTuesday, February 25, 2020, 6:30-8 pmMaplewood Public Library 2020 Board Member Attendees: Dave Weiss, President Carol Novak, 1st Vice President (Programs) Tim McCarthy, 2nd Vice President (Workshops)Eric Lampland, Treasurer Stan Tenenbaum, Secretary Jumi Kassim – Director (State Fair Chair)Dale Krueger, Director (Fundamentals Chair)Michael Knoll, Director (Library Chair)Audry Huang, Director Meeting called […]
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Keeping track of your bonsai

General meeting program February 2, 2020 – This meeting presentation was on keeping track of your bonsai. Presenters showed how they keep track of their own trees. Click image to view presentation >> Click the image to view the presentation
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Visit with Suthin

by Sue Krueger

In October of 2017 we were fortunate to have had a wonderful visit with Suthin Sukosolvisit and his wife at their garden just outside of Boston, MA.

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President’s Column – February 2020

David Weiss, MBS President

It is time to leap into a new bonsai season. And this year we get one extra day to get ready for an amazing year. Soon members will be taking some of their trees out of the cold frames for a quick repot, then putting them back into the cold frame to finish out the dormant season. Being completely honest here, I might just be one of those members.

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President’s Column – January 2020

David Weiss, MBS President

January 2020

Happy New Year MBS! 2019 has come and gone and for all of our trees that continue to grow, congratulations! In 2019, we lost some trees and we lost some friends. Some of us may slow down our collection of trees and our work with them while others will jump in even deeper into this wonderful hobby, or should I say lifestyle of ours. (more…)

Miralax also for NEEM

The Mullet Wrapper by Terry Davis
bonsai.terry@gmail.com

Earlier I suggested Miralax as a good way to emulsify Tea Tree Oil, which may be a good all—purpose fungicide/bactericide. Well, Neem oil is also really hard to emulsify, so try that with it at 1tsp/gallon.  If needed, try two. I used a tbsp., and suspect that was overkill, but then Tea Oil is a little easier to emulsify than a hydrocarbon oil. Now Neem is not very much of a pesticide, but it has fungicidal activity, too.  (It has been recommended for pine tree needle blights). There is also an old USDA publication that claimed Neem was effective against borers inside the wood.  Now, next to nothing that you are allowed to use, (like Lindane) will do that.

But one thing Neem does well is to act as an antifeedant: it keeps bugs off, for quite a while.  A friend was having trouble with gall wasps on ficus, and this may be a solution.  It works because it smells like garlic-breath.  So those who recommend you spray it and wash it off: don’t. An don’t use it indoors if you want to stay married.

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