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President's Message

It's December but it doesn't feel like it yet, does it? I thinks it's gonna be like 85F today! 
This Month we have our  vaunted Holiday Picnic, one of the only ways we fundraise for the club throughout the year, so please bring items to donate; trees, pots, bonsai trinkets, cuttings, what ever you think might bring in money for the club. Invite some friends, with money, and bring money for your own bonsai acquisitions.
The club will provide the drinks and the main course, a ham. We ask you to bring your specialty side dish or dessert to share. 
Also, bring your best tree, we will be having an exhibit with a People's Choice award. 
We are also in the market (or willing to accept as a donation) about ten trees for a styling competition that the board would like to hold. If you have a lead, email Paul or myself at president or vice president
As always, yours truly in bonsai,
The Prez 

by Adam Lavigne

MEETING DATE December 11, 2016
Meeting 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


We are three months into our new year so, if you haven't paid your annual dues, please see our Treasurer, Dave, to be sure you stay in good standings with the club. Guests are welcome with no obligation to join. Hope to see you there!!
Membership Dues
Individual, $30;
Family, $45;
Student, $15

Membership entitles you to the Bonsai Societies of Florida magazine, Florida Bonsai, published four times a year, as well as our monthly club newsletter, CFBC Clippings, 2 meetings a month and more! 
MONTH Bonsai Care

Tropicals: Your tropical trees are at a cusp this month, going into the Florida winter. It is probably best to stop major pruning and repotting. Pruning for shape (topiary or hedge pruning) can be continued. Hopefully you have kept the granular fertilizer regimen up but now its time to push the foliar feeding as the cooler nights slow or stop uptake of fertilizer applied to the soil. This principle applies to systemic insecticides/fungicides as well so if you have an pest or disease problem you'll have to use a foliar spray as well. Watch the temps,  Buttonwoods will wilt at 50F, so don't be alarmed. It's best to protect all trees at 40F with a definite "bring me in" at 32F

Deciduous: The deciduous trees in your collection should be dormant by now but may still have some sad looking leaves on them. You can defoliate them if you wish or just wait for the first frost to make them drop. Be careful pruning any live tips as this could cause some new growth and you could weaken the tree for the next year, wasting the energy the tree needs to wake up in the spring. Save your major pruning until the end of next month or February.

Evergreens: You can begin to be work junipers this month, either pruning/wiring or repotting, but not both. Keep in mind that you will need to protect the roots or new growth if we get a hard freeze within 4-6 weeks as the tender new growth won't be cold hardy.
Broadleaf evergreens should be putting out some new growth now but it's too late to perform major pruning. If there is an early freeze, be aware that any new growth on them could be damaged by the freezing temps.
Your pines are in a holding pattern for the next few month. You can remove damaged needles if you want.
For the latest updates and club information please visit

Adam Lavigne

Vice President:
Paul Pikel

Recording Secretary:
 Adam Lavigne

Corresponding Secretary:
Paul Pikel

David Dean


Snacks and Drinks for December

The Club will be providing ham and drinks and everyone else should bring their favorite dish,  treat or beverage (non-alcoholic) to share

December Events

2016 Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo Dec. 3-4 
Kannapolis NC

CFBC Holiday Party
Sunday December 11
11:00am - 3:00 pm

Workshop December 23rd 
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Open workshop for all to attend.  Bring a tree to work on with experienced bonsai artists

Epcot Submission Deadline December 31, 2016 11:59pm


January Events

BSF - Board of Directors Meeting  January 7, 2017

Jan 13 - CFBC Meeting
Bald Cypress Forest Planting Workshop

CFBC Purpose:  To study the horticultural development of trees and shrubs as related to oriental bonsai, their origin and their place in our world, and to share ideas, thoughts and knowledge with those interested in learning the art of bonsai, to the mutual benefit of all.

About CFBC: The Central Florida Bonsai Club (CFBC) was founded in July of 1969 and is a member of the Bonsai Societies of Florida (BSF) and Bonsai Clubs International (BCI). Meetings are on the second and fourth Fridays of each month at 7:30 PM at the Orange County Cooperative Extension, 6021 S. Conway Rd., Orlando. Doors open at 7:00 pm for setup, display, social time and Bonsai discussion. 
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