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President's Message

by Paul Pikel

MEETING DATE April 8, 2016
Meeting 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

So it appears that Summer is here all of a sudden and once again we jump right past Spring.  Certainly a lot more rain than we normally have during our dry season, but the trees are responding very well and I know my collections is growing like crazy.  It is such an exciting and rewarding time to see that all the pruning and repotting we did over the cold months worked and our trees have survived the transitions.  No bonsai pots and restyling look amazing with the fresh new leaves our trees put out. 

A special thanks to Michael Lebanik for last month’s program.  He shared a lot of information and kept it entertaining as well. The tree should bring in some nice funds for the club at some point and be a nice addition to someone’s collection.  I’ve also seen a lot of bald cypress forest plantings that Rick Jeffery did for the club during his program which are also popping with growth.  Everything should be looking great by the time the convention comes up next month.  Be sure to register and/or volunteer to help with it in some way.  We need all the help we can from the club.

If you haven’t already, please consider signing up to participate in the scholarship competition.  We only have one (very talented) participant so far but we have room for many more.  Speaking from experience it is very worthwhile and a great learning opportunity.  Don’t let it pass you by.

For the March 8th meeting we have a few things going on.  Most importantly is the program which will be a Round Table with David Van Buskirk from D&L nursery which will help many of us see potential in our trees which we might not see on our own.  Sometimes other who have not studied the tree as much as the owner has can see it from another perspective using a different angle or even a different front.  More to come on the process later in the newsletter.

Also this month is the start of the Nomination Committee, chaired by David Velez (whom may or may have not raised his hand to volunteer).  In any case we will have a few opening and changes in our board of officers this year.  If you have any interest or motivation to fulfill any position, please speak with David and he will be able to provide you with further information.  Positions that will be opening up are President, Vice-President, Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary. Not to worry, there are a lot of people moving positions but we still need more voluteers


This month we will have David Van Buskirk from D&L nursery, up near Ocala, for a roundtable discussion of tree styling. This consists of each participant giving his/her opinion of the possible future for a tree. It is based on David's popular T.A.S or tree analysis session that is held monthly at the nursery. There is no pressure and everyones opinion is considered, from the rank amateur to the seasoned expert. Fun for all!
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. 
March Bonsai Care

Tropicals: Get your shears out and feed, feed, feed!   Tropicals are loving the hot days and all the rain we are getting.  Be sure to keep the trees fed but keep the new shoots under control.  Tropicals can get out of control quickly and interior branched shaded out.  So trim to shape and keep it open to develop new branches from the trunk where needed

Deciduous: The leaves are finally popping and new growth is everywhere.  Pay attention to what you want the tree to do.  If you are looking to develop the trunk this year let the foliage grow and fertilize with lots of nitrogen to help the foliage go.  If you are looking to refine your tree wait until the leaves hap popped and hardened off so that the trees won't explode with new grown and take your refined trees into a bush.  Make sure to change your watering to give more that is needed now that the trees are no longer dormant and pushing new growth.

Evergreens: Feed your evergreens now, in slow increments increase the amount of fertilizers.  You want these trees to grow strong all the way up through mid June. New branches will develop and back-budding will help fill in the branches.  Increase your watering to help the active trees with their growth.
For the latest updates and club information please visit

Paul Pikel

Vice President:
Sandy Racinski

Recording Secretary:
 Stephen Cournoyer

Corresponding Secretary:
Adam Lavigne

David Dean


Monthly program and business meeting- April 8, 7:30 pm Round Table Workshop
at the Orange County Agricultural Extension Office, 6020 S. Conway Rd. Orlando

Snacks and Drinks for April

Beverage volunteer: Adam Lavigne
Snacks volunteer: David Dean

MONTH Events

Schley's Bonsai and Supplies 
Annual Event April 15,16,17 see for details
2754 Audubon Ave.,DeLand FL, 32720

Demonstration at the Florida Anime Experience- April 23, The Park Inn Conference Center, Kissimmee Fl
April 22-24, 2016

Workshop April, 22 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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