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President's Message

by Paul Pikel

MEETING DATE March 11, 2016
Meeting 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

How is it March already?  We are coming up on some very active times for our trees and for club activities.  The winter looks to have been a short one as our temperatures are starting to get warmer.  Trees in my collection are already popping new leaves, what about yours?  With new growth comes a change in what we do with our trees and the importance of feeding them is critical.  Be sure to adjust your watering as trees will need help to push the growth and get the needed nutrients from the leaves. 

For the March program we will be having Michael Lebanik doing a styling demonstration on a Jaboticaba. I don't believe Mike has done a demo for the CFBC before and I certainly can't remember anyone since Ben Oki that worked on a Jaboticaba so this will be a new experience for all of us. Mike has been a long time member of the CFBC and Kawa clubs and has been an exhibitor at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, Kawa Joy of Bonsai, BSF Convention, the National Exhibition and most recently the Artisans' Cup.  It should be a really great and informative presentation/demo.

Also during the March meeting our by laws state that we need to establish a nominating committee for officers of our club.  It is simply someone who will facilitate building a list of club members that are looking to fill positions that will become vacant at the end of our club year and will begin their post in September.  


March means the beginning of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.  CFBC has a lot to do as both exhibitors and giving advice during the Meet and Greet programs.  Be sure to take the time to visit the park and see the trees from all over Florida and even as far away as Louisiana this year! 
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!!
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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. 
March Bonsai Care

Tropicals: As the nights begin to stay above 50 degrees your tropical trees will begin to load up with new growth.  Be sure to fertilize so that they can produce strong, fully formed leaves.  Keep your eye out for long shoots which will quickly take your tree out of shape and shade lower branches

Deciduous:  New growth should start very soon so hold off on fertilizers until the leaves have opened and hardened off.  If you are working to develop new branches fertilize heavily.  However if you're tree is already well developed hold off until the first flush of leaves comes in and hardens off before feeding.  Otherwise you will be fighting with long shoots trying to maintain the trees finished shape

Evergreens: Time to repot the evergreens when you see the tips of the roots starting to grow. You will want to keep feeding these trees by gradually increasing the amount of fertilizers so that you don't shock the tree.  Keep them well fed to produce new candles all the way up until Father's Day at which time candles will be removed and fertilizers will be stopped.
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Paul Pikel

Vice President:
Sandy Racinski

Recording Secretary:
 Stephen Cournoyer

Corresponding Secretary:
Adam Lavigne

David Dean



Snacks and Drinks for March

Beverage volunteer: David Dean
Snacks volunteer: Stephen Cournoyer


MONTH Events

Workshop March, 25 2016
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Open workshop for all to attend.  Bring a tree to work on with experienced bonsai artists

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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