Indianapolis Bonsai Club’s May Meeting

This month’s meeting of the Indianapolis Bonsai Club centered around discussing fertilizing and a showing of different types of pines used for bonsai. Club member, and president of the Mid-America Bonsai Alliance, Paul Weisharr started the presentation about fertilizer. Here he is describing various soil amendments and their Cation Exchange Capacity:

Former club president Mark Fields took a few minutes to talk about organic fertilizer cakes:

Here is a broad overview of some of the pines brought in by various members:Image

Dwarf Scots Pine grafted onto normal Scots Pine root stock:Image

Various pines:Image

This Japanese Black Pine was described as possibly being a hybrid between red and black (I think):

It was hard to capture in a picture, but it had some awesome bark on the gnarly trunk:

Loved this Japanese White Pine, grafted onto black pine rootstock:Image

I’m not sure how this Japanese Maple snuck in here, but here are a few more of the various pines:Image

Pitch Pine:Image

Awesome jin at a weird angle:Image

Eastern White Pine, native to the region, but described as hard to get shorter innernodes and smaller needles:Image

Cool looking Jack Pine:Image

Also local potter brought in some nice bonsai pottery to sell on the club resell table, but I didn’t get his name:Image

Paul Weisharr brought in his exposed root Satsuki Azalea that won best in show at the the clubs recent Indianapolis Museum of Art showing:Image

And a closeup of those cool exposed roots:Image

This is Paul’s other azalea. He said this one was grown from a cutting and is about twenty years old:ImageAll in all, it was a great meeting. Have to give a shout out to Hank who figured out who I was at the meeting. I couldn’t believe one of the members had actually seen this blog. Until next time.


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