Dennis Coad Maple Living Art Bonsai Society

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President's Message

Late summer has arrived, we must monitor our little trees carefully. This heat and the occasional increase in moisture encourage pests of all types. Spider Mites are a major concern on Shimpaku Junipers. Several types of trees are affected by the Spider Mite. How can something so small (at the threshold of being too small to be seen by the human eye) be so damaging? The first sign of a Spider Mite problem is a weak and lethargic tree, (paleness, possibly yellowing).These little monsters can be seen by holding a white sheet of paper below a branch, and tapping it firmly, shaking whatever is there onto the paper. Rub your finger across the paper and watch for small red smears. These will be the remains of the little creatures. These small mites actually multiply into the hundreds of thousands, if not millions rapidly, and can rapidly weaken trees to the point of death.
Other issues are leaf eating insects, fungus on Shimpaku’s etc. Pests and diseases are a broad ranging subject, too much to cover in a short note. You can research online, purchase books on Bonsai, etc. Another great option, check back on this site as we add more information on this amazing art. Our intent is to build it into an in depth resource for the Bonsai artist or and those who have yet to realize (wow I woke up today and I am an artist of Bonsai).
Enjoy your little trees, and please inform us of any special information requests or articles you would like to see published on our website.

Research, learn and enjoy this wonderful art. Join a local bonsai group – an amazingly broad array of experiences and knowledge will be instantly available. For those who must invent their own wheel, we wish you much luck and may you lose a limited number of trees as you learn.

***** Be sure to sure to check out the our Bonsai Gallery for photographs from our ****

****2018 Spring Show****

For our membership
Phil Terry
If you are in the North Alabama area, please join us at our monthly meeting. 

The next meeting will be Saturday, February 16, 2018, starting at 1 PM at the Anderson Education Center attached to the Butterful House, entrance is from the rear of the building.

The March, April, and May 2019 LABS meetings will be held in the Boeing Room in the “old” building beside the upper parking area.


The LIving Art Bonsai Society Monthly Meeting are now held on the
third Saturdays of each month at 1:00 PM, except for the month of December.

The meeting is followed by a bonsai work session till 5 PM.

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