SOLENT BONSAI SOCIETY
Keith's News
NOVEMBER 2019

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends .

The Meeting on 29th November is the AGM followed by Jackie’s Party nibbles .

Please note
, the Auction Run by the UK Bonsai Association will take place on Sunday 26th
January 2020 which is before our first meeting of 2020, and is in conjunction with a Suiseki /
Saikei / Mame show. Robert will have a display of Mame and Arthur, Eddie and myself
will be showing some of our Suiseki stones.

The 2020 Bonsai Year starts with our yearly auction on 31st January 2020 ,
so any trees, pots, books etc. you wish to move on please bring them along.
There should be a good selection of plants, pots, books, etc. to choose from, so don't forget to bring
your money, 10% of the sales goes to club funds.
Secretary's Report

The Meeting, on 25th October was a workshop and winter preparation, weather was not very good, thanks to members who brought along trees.

Heathrow Show Report
Solent exhibited at the 10th anniversary Heathrow show last month; we had a fine display with trees from Eddie, Arthur, Robert and myself. We set up our display on Saturday at Roberts, deciding on which trees to take to the show, so when we arrive at the show it only takes about half an hour to set up our display, we then have plenty of time to nip round the traders for any early bargains.
Display on Sunday at Heathrow
Eddie’s Beach
Roberts Juniper
There were 38 societies exhibiting and many traders selling Bonsais, pots, tools etc.

There was a competition for the best tree at the show voted by exhibitors and also a vote for visitor’s best tree, the tree that won both categories was a very large Chinese Elm.
It was a great day and it was extremely well attended and we were pleased to see some of our members at the show. If you would like to see more pictures of Heathrow show then go to the
UK Bonsai Association website (
ukbonsaiassoc.org )
or Heathrow Bonsai website (
heathrowbonsai.weebly.com ).
My Reflections of 2019
Well here we are again it's the AGM our last meeting of the year. With Christmas looming next month, we can reflect on another Solent Bonsai Society’s very successful year.

January
January meeting. Our yearly auction was again a great success with plenty of bargains and as usual was run with great humour by Clive and Robert.
UK Bonsai Association Auction On Sunday 27th January 2019, at the Auction Run by the new UK Bonsai Association Robert, Arthur, Eddie, Paul and I showed Suiseki / Saikei / Mame at the auction, it was very successful and we will probably be showing again next year.

February
February The Swindon show, Solent made its Biennial trip and was well represented with an Elm from Eddie, Scots Pine from Arthur and Japanese Larch group from myself, with Robert providing the two accents. Robert also had a fine individual display of mame bonsais.
February meeting was the clubs fifth winter image show, John Hughes won the Chairman’s Cup and Enid Jones was presented with the Tree of the Month overall winner trophy for 2018. I hope everyone enjoyed the evening.
February, for the second year Solent started the monthly workshop at Roberts, those who attended were well looked after by Lynn and Robert with Tea, Coffee, cake and biscuits and we all got a lot of work done over the next few months.

March
March meeting. Another successful repotting evening, it was great to see so many members bringing trees for repotting and advice on their trees and thanks to Robert, Collette and other members for their help.

April
April meeting, was a workshop at which we looked at last year’s air layering’s severed and gave some advice on members trees.

May
May. The normal Wessex show was canceled this year, but they did have a small closed show on 5th May for their club members. Solent and Eastleigh were invited to take part in the Bellinger trophy, which is contested between three Bonsai clubs Eastleigh, Wessex and Solent. All three clubs had fine displays. Wessex was the successful winners this year.
May. On Sunday 26th May Solent had a display at the Eastbourne & Wealden Bonsai Show. Robert, Eddie, Arthur and I attended the show. We had three large trees were a Hornbeam raft, Satsuki Azalea and Potentilla plus two accents
May meeting, many thanks to Robert for the second talk on accent plants and to those who brought along some of their accent plants, I think it was a great display.

June
June meeting was a pruning and wiring workshop with many members bringing trees to work on.
June. Solent Bonsai were invited to show at Havant GC on 15th June and Farlington GC on 22nd June.
Eddie Savory and Clifford Roe put on an excellent display at Havant, Robert and I put on the displays at Farlington.

July

July on 7th and 8th July the Chichester Bonsai show. As usual it was well run by Frank, and his team. On Saturday the weather was very hot and much of our time was spent watering the trees, on Sunday however it rained for much of the day, on both days there was a good many people admiring the many trees on show. There must have been one or two hundred trees on show. There were seven Societies with displays.
July meeting was our summer Club Show. The evening was, as usual, a great success with 31 members plus some families attending, it was also great to see that most members brought along trees and it is pleasing that year by year the Standard of Club trees improves.

August
August meeting was a pine workshop with useful advice from Robert, Collette and other members.

September
September, once again Solent put on a bonsai display at the Woodfair Chandlers Ford on 7th September which was hosted by Amelia, we will be there next year on 5th September 2020, it's an interesting show worth a visit next year.
September meeting was the concluding part of three talks from Robert on Bonsai presentation and displaying. For those who were lucky enough to be at all the three talks, I think you will agree that displaying Bonsai is truly an art in itself and we are so lucky to have Robert, who has an incredible knowledge of displaying Bonsai, he can also put on a magnificent display himself which we are all privileged to see.

October

October. We attended the Heathrow Bonsai show, report in this newsletter.
October meeting was a workshop and winter preparation, weather was not very good, thanks to members who brought along trees.

November

November AGM, come along for updates and news for next year.
We had a great 2019 and 2020 looks like another exciting bonsai year, action in January, February winter show, workshops and shows Solent will be attending.
I can’t wait for spring, the best time for Bonsai when the new shoots start to break.

Roll on 2020.
Keith


Things to look out for on your trees
Chafer Grub
Chafer Grub (various species)
Rose chafer beetle (various species)
These large white, soft-bodied, brown-headed, c-shaped grubs have three pairs of legs close to their heads and feed throughout the year. They are sometimes found in garden most do not cause problems in gardens. Chafer grubs are the soil-dwelling larvae of chafer beetles. Depending on the species of chafer they either feed on decaying plant material or plant roots. The group of beetles includes some that feed on decomposing vegetable matter and can be useful composters. A few chafer beetles can damage the roots of plants and some species can cause serious damage to lawns. It is unlikely you will find this grub on a bonsai, although at the Heathrow show we were told one had been found on a bonsai beech.
For more information go to
www.rhs.org.uk
Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Please Note Eastleigh Bonsai Society Have Moved To a New Venue
Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm, the next meeting is on 9th December 2019. Eastleigh Bonsai Society has moved their meetings to a new location, they are meeting at:-
United Reformed Church Hedge End, 14 St John's Rd, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 4AB
9th December meeting AGM and American Supper.
If you need any more information about Eastleigh BS please talk to Robert or myself.
For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society go to www.eastleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Thursday 12th December 2019. AGM and Christmas Social.
For more information on Chichester Bonsai Club go to www.chichesterbonsai.co.uk

All the clubs in the area support each other. If anyone would like more information on other local clubs please let me know.
Look forward to seeing you all on the Friday 29th November, at the AGM and nibbles. As this is the last news letter for 2019, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Robert, the committee and myself, to wish you all a
Merry Christmas and a
Bonsai New Year.

Keith Hartley
Secretary Solent Bonsai Society
www.solentbonsai.co.uk
Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com
Mobile: - 07847487435




OCTOBER 2019

Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

The Meeting, on, on 25th October – Workshop, Winter Preparation.
So bring those trees along that you would like to work on, or get some advice.

Next month’s meeting, on
29th November is our AGM followed by Jackie’s Party
nibbles.


Secretary's Report

September’s meeting was the concluding part of three talks from Robert on Bonsai presentation and displaying. The first part back in October 2018 dealt with complementary accents such as figurines, animals, insects, bronzes, stones, etc., in fact anything that will enhance a Bonsai or Bonsai display excluding plants (unless they are necessary for the accent). The second part (May 2019) was a talk on accent plants. The final part at our last meeting dealt with displaying Bonsai and brought together the two previous talks. For those who were lucky enough to be at all the three talks, I think you will agree that displaying Bonsai is truly an art in itself and we are so lucky to have Robert, who has an incredible knowledge of displaying Bonsai, he can also put on a magnificent display himself which we are all privileged to see.
Robert in Full Flow
Bonsai Tokanoma
White Pine
October 2018, complementary accents
May 2019, accent plants




















I would also like to thank Robert on behalf of those who attended the workshops at his house this year for all his help and Lynn for the refreshments, I’m sure those who attended have increased their bonsai knowledge and there is an improvement in many of their trees.

The Annual General Meeting of the Solent Bonsai Society 29th November 2019
The AGM will be held on Friday 29th November 2019 and as usual all officers and committee posts will be open for election. Please use the form below to make your nomination for any or all of the positions, do not hesitate to nominate yourself if you would like to have a go.



Things to look out for on your trees
Bonsai Insect/Pests, Leatherjackets
Have you come across an elongate tubular bodied insect, up to 30mm long, greyish brown, they have no legs or obvious head, well they are Leatherjackets, they are the soil-dwelling larvae of fly’s known as crane fly or daddy-longlegs (Latin Name Tipula spp).






Leatherjacket (Crane fly larvae)












Most species of crane fly do not damage bonsai, many feed on decaying organic matter and help in nutrient recycling. The adult crane flies or daddy-longlegs mostly emerge and lay eggs in the turf or soil surface from August to October. The eggs hatch a few weeks after they have been laid and the young leatherjackets begin feeding on plant roots. When fully grown the leatherjackets pupate in the soil. When the adult flies emerge, the pupal case is often partly pulled out of the ground and left sticking up above the moss or soil surface.



















Adult Crane fly or daddy-longleg
Pupating leatherjacket
Look forward to seeing you all on 25th October our Workshop, and Winter Preparation.
So bring those trees along that you would like to work, or get some advice on.

Keith Hartley
Secretary Solent Bonsai Society
www.solentbonsai.co.uk
Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com
Tel: - 02392640985
Mobile: - 07847487435
SEPTEMBER 2019
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

The Meeting, on 27th September is the Final Talk by Robert on the Art of
Bonsai Display, all members are welcome to put on their own displays, after Roberts talk
he and members can then critique each display, so take this opportunity to learn the ins and
outs of displaying bonsai, it is will be a very interesting evening.

The next Meeting, on 25th October – Workshop, Winter Preparatio n. So bring
those trees along that you would like to work, or get some advice on.

Secretary’s report

At the August meeting, which was a workshop, it was great to see so many members bringing along trees to work on, as usual thanks go to Robert For helping many of our members with their trees and passing on some of his vast knowledge, I hope Robert managed to get round to seeing all those who wanted his help, don’t forget you’re always welcome to bring along a tree that you need advice on to any of the meetings.

Woodfair Report
For the fourth year Solent Bonsai attended the Chandlers Ford Woodfair on Saturday the 7th September. Robert, Eddie, Jock, Arthur and I took along native trees to display at the woodfair, we also had the company of Amelia, one of the organisers of the woodfair, many of you will know Amelia from the talks she has given to Solent.
There was much to see at the woodfair such as wood turning, falconry, chainsaw artistry, children’s workshop, Face painting, conservation tent with Displays from local and national groups, and much more.
We had many trees on display, and the day spent chatting to many people went by in a flash, once again we were lucky with the weather.

Things to look out for on your trees
Bonsai Insect Pests, Spider mites . Spider mites are members of the Acari (mite) family Tetranychidae, which includes about 1,200 species. They generally live on the undersides of leaves of plants, where they may spin protective silk webs, and they can cause damage by puncturing the plant cells to feed. Spider mites are known to feed on several hundred species of plants. Spider mites are less than 1 mm (0.04 in) in size and vary in color. They lay small, spherical, initially transparent eggs and many species spin silk webbing to help protect the colony from predators; they get the "spider" part of their common name from this webbing. Hot, dry conditions are often associated with population build-up of spider mites. Under optimal conditions (approximately 27 °C), the two-spotted spider mite can hatch in as little as 3 days, and become sexually mature in as little as 5 days. One female can lay up to 20 eggs per day and can live for 2 to 4 weeks, laying hundreds of eggs. This accelerated reproductive rate allows spider mite populations to adapt quickly to resist pesticides, so chemical control methods can become somewhat ineffectual when the same pesticide is used over a prolonged period.
Symptoms . On leaves: Plants with spider mite show a fine pale mottling on the upper leaf surface. The underside of the leaves have many tiny yellowish green mites and white cast skins and egg shells. These are more easily seen with the aid of a x10 hand lens. On plants: In heavy attacks, a fine silk webbing may be seen on the plants, and the leaves can lose most of their green colour and dry up or fall off. Heavily damaged plants can be severely weakened and may die.
Control and Prevention . Regular spraying of plants with water and maintaining a high humidity reduce the risk, but will not, on its own control this mite, you can use either plain water or a solution of tepid (cool-warm) water mixed with a very mild dish detergent or soap. Mites overwinter in cracks and crevices, as well as in any plant material left behind. So it's essential to clear away all debris once the growing season is over.
For more information go to
www.rhs.org.uk

Solent Bonsai Society 2020,
Preliminary Programme
31st January 2020. Club Auction Owners Choice
28th February 2020. Club Winter Show No Competition
27th March 2020 Repotting Workshop Owners Choice
24th April 2020. Malcolm Driffield (talk tbd) Owners Choice
29th May 2020. Workshop Owners Choice
26th June 2020. Workshop, Pruning/Wiring, Prepare for show Owners Choice
31st July 2020. Club Summer Show No Competition
28th August 2020 Workshop Owners Choice
25th September 2020. David Penny – Saikei - Japanese tray landscapes Owners Choice
30th October 2020. Workshop, Winter Preparation Owners Choice
27th November 2020. A.G.M. & Jackie’s Party nibbles Owners Choice

AUGUST 2019
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

The meeting on the 30th August, is a Pine Workshop . Please bring Trees. August being the
ideal time to prune and work on pines and conifers, although other species are welcome. Please bring your
trees to work on, Robert and other members will be giving you advice and helping. If you would like advice
on any of your trees please bring them along.

Don’t forget Solent will have a display at the Community Woodfair Show on Saturday 7th
September 2019 so if you fancy a day out on 7th September then Solent and Eastleigh Bonsai societys
(Thats Robert, Eddie, Arthur, Paul and myself plus Amelia one of the organisers of the Woodfair) will be at
the Chandlers Ford woodfair, it is different than most bonsai displays as all trees should be native to Great
Britain and the trees are all shown outdoors in a wood, there are also many other Woodland activities on
show. See below for show details.

The next Meeting, on 27th September is the Final Talk by Robert on the Art of Bonsai
Display, all members are welcome to put on their own displays, after Roberts talk he and
members can then critique each display, so take this opportunity to learn the ins and outs of
displaying bonsai, it is will be a very interesting evening.
Secretary’s report

I start this report with the sad news that our great friend and past chairman
Terry Lowry passed away peacefully yesterday (22nd August 2019) at the
Rowan’s Hospice. He was a member of Solent Bonsai Society for many
years and served as Vice Chairman and Chairman. Although living in Spain
for some years, Terry always took a keen interest in Solent BS and whenever
he was in England he took the opportunity to attend meetings and shows.
He will be sadly missed. Our deepest condolences go out to Wendy.







July Club Show.

The evening was, as usual, a great success with 31 members plus some families attending, it was also great to see that most members brought along trees and it is pleasing that year by year the Standard of Club trees improves. Particular Trees that did well on the evening were as follows:-
Winner of Best in show was Sean Nutbeam (English Yew).
Best group/forest Keith Hartley (Trident Maple). Best deciduous/broadleaf Teri Morley
Best conifer/evergreen Keith Hartley (Japanese white pine). Best shohin Eddie Savory (Potentilla)
Best mame Kathryn Ling. Best presented Enid Jones.
And three Commended For all the pictures go to
>> gallery >>
I think all trees on show deserved a commended certificate, well done everyone.
For those on the internet photos of the show trees can be found on the Solent Bonsai website
www.solentbonsai.co.uk or UK Bonsai Association website www.ukbonsaiassoc.org








JULY 2019
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

The meeting on the 26th July is the Solent Bonsai Summer show evening , this gives
everyone a chance to show other members some of the trees that they have, so please bring them
along all, will be shown, it's always a great evening that everyone enjoys. When showing trees the
two main rules to remember are: -
1. No weeds, 2. A clean pot.
Display stands and accents if you have them but don’t worry, if you don’t have them just bring your
trees. Don’t forget bring along family and friends, all are welcome entrance is free.

The next Meeting, on 30th August, is a Pine Workshop . Please bring Trees. August being
the ideal time to prune and work on pines and conifers, although other species are welcome. Please bring
your trees to work on, Robert and other members will be giving you advice and helping. If you would like
advice on any of your trees please bring them along.

Secretary’s report
Chichester Show

6th, 7th July we had the Chichester Bonsai Show at Manor Nursery.
As usual it was well run by Frank, and his team. On Saturday the weather was very hot and much of
our time was spent watering the trees, on Sunday however it rained for much of the day, on both
days there was a good many people admiring the many trees on show.
There must have been one or two hundred trees on show along with Collette selling trees, Tony
selling pots and Brenda selling her scroll art.
There were seven Societies with displays Chichester, Solent, Eastleigh, Sussex, Middlesex, Wessex
and Eastbourn & Wealden all of which had great displays. Middlesex won best club display, Sean
Nutbeam won best Deciduous with a Hornbeam which also won best tree in show, Robert won best
evergreen with a Japanese black pine, Malcolm Driffield won best group with an Elm group and I
won best Landscape with my larch forest.












































Best in Show (Hornbeam) & Best Deciduous
Best Evergreen (Japanese black pine)
Best Landscape (Larch Forest)
Best Group (Elms)
Solent display at Chichester
Havant Garden Club Show and Farlington Garden Club Rose and Sweet Pea Show
Solent Bonsai were invited to show at Havant GC on 15th June and Farlington GC on 22nd June.
There was a good response at both shows with many people expressing how they were enjoying the displays.
Eddie Savory and Clifford Roe put on an excellent display at Havant, Robert and I put on the displays at
Farlington.
Bonsai at the Havant Garden Show 2019
Bonsai at the Farlington and District Garden Club Rose and Sweet Pea Show 2019
Farlington and District Garden Club Rose and Sweet Pea Show 2019
Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm.
12th August 2019 David Penny – Saikei Japanese tray plantings, a mixture of trees, rocks and underplanting to create a landscape scene. For more information on Eastleigh Bonsai Society go to www.eistleighbonsai.co.uk

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Thursday 8th August 2019, Talk by Collette Harrison on pests and diseases. For more information on Chichester Bonsai Club go to www.chichesterbonsai.co.uk
All the clubs in the area support each other. If anyone would like more information on other local clubs please let me know.

Look forward to seeing you all on
26th July at our Solent Bonsai Summer show evening, your chance to show other members some of the trees you have, so please bring them along all, will be shown, it's always a great evening that everyone enjoys. Don’t forget bring along family and friends, all are welcome and it’s free.

Keith Hartley
Secretary Solent Bonsai Society
www.solentbonsai.co.uk
Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com
Tel: - 02392640985
Mobile: - 07847487435

P. S. Don’t forget if you interested in acquiring new trees, pots, or other Bonsai items then the go to
Staverton Bonsai Table top sale

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JUNE 2019
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

The meeting on the 28th June is a Workshop , Pruning/Wiring, Prepare for
show. So bring any of those trees along that you would like to work or get some
advice on.

Our meeting on the
26th July is the Solent Bonsai Summer show evening, this gives
everyone a chance to show other members some of the trees that they have, so please bring them
along all, will be shown, it's always a great evening that everyone enjoys.


Secretary’s Report

Solent had a display at the Eastborn show on Sunday 26th May. Robert, Eddie, Arthur and I attended the
show . With 2 6ft by 2ft tables we had three large trees a Europe Elm Hornbeam, Satsuki Azalea and
Potentilla plus two accents, we were lucky to have two flowering trees on display as you may know in this
county it is pot luck as to when your trees are in flower (the Potentilla and Satsuki were also at our last
meeting). There were also fine displays from Eastleigh, Chichester and several other societies at the show.







































Solent Display at Eastbourne
Satsuki Azalea
European Hornbeam Raft
Potentilla
Thought you may be interested in Robert’s Satsuki Azalea, the first photo is as you may have seen at Eastbourne and our May meeting, the second photo shows it two days after the May meeting.
You must remove the flowers along with the seed pod to give the tree a chance to recover, otherwise a lot of the tree's energy will go into the seed pods and the tree may gradually deteriorate year on year, if you have any queries about azaleas or any other trees bring them to the June workshop meeting
























Things to look out for on your trees
Bonsai Insect Pests
Adelgids

The following information is from the RHS website, rhs.org.uk
Adelgids are insects closely related to aphids, and like aphids they feed on plant sap. They feed on conifers, pines, spruce, larch. etc and can have complex lifecycles.
Adelgids can be difficult to control with insecticides as they are protected their waxy secretions and there are no controls for the gall forming stages. In addition it is only feasible to treat adelgids on trees that are small enough to be sprayed thoroughly.




















Control
Non-chemical control
The damage adelgids cause is often minor and can usually be tolerated.
Chemical control
 Always read the label use pesticides safely and extra care must be taken near plants in flower due to the danger to pollinating insects.  Organic sprays, such as natural pyrethrum (e.g. Bug Clear Gun for Fruit & Veg, Defenders Bug Killer, Ecofective Bug Killer (also contains fatty acids)), fatty acids (e.g. Solabiol Bug Free, Doff Greenfly & Blackfly Killer) or plant oils (e.g. Vitax Organic Pest & Disease Control, Origins Bug Control) can give some control of adelgids. These pesticides have a very short persistence and so may require reapplication to keep adelgid numbers in check  More persistent insecticides include the synthetic pyrethroids lambda-cyhalothrin (e.g. Westland Resolva Pest Killer), deltamethrin (e.g. Ultimate Fruit & Vegetable Pest Killer) and cypermethrin (e.g. Py Bug Killer)  The systemic neonicotinoid insecticide acetamiprid (e.g. Bug Clear Ultra) can also be used  Inclusion of a pesticide product does not indicate a recommendation or endorsement by the RHS. It is a list of products currently available to the home gardener

Other Local Club Meetings in our area .
Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm.
No meeting this July
Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Thursday 11th July 2019,Post Exhibition Review by all society members. For more information on Chichester Bonsai Club go to www.chichesterbonsai.co.uk

All the clubs in the area support each other. If anyone would like more information on other local clubs please let me know.

Look forward to seeing you all.
The meeting on the 28th June it is a Workshop , Pruning/Wiring, Prepare for show. So bring any of those trees along that you would like to work or get some advice on.

Keith Hartley
Secretary Solent Bonsai Society
www.solentbonsai.co.uk
Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com
Tel: - 02392640985
Mobile: - 07847487435








MAY 2019
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

This month’s meeting, on 31st May Talk by Robert on Accent Plantings
. As well as the
talk there will be a display of member’s accents, so if you can bring some accents to add to
the display please do so.
The meeting on the
28th June is a Workshop, Pruning/Wiring, Prepare for show. So bring those trees
along that you would like to work, or get some advice on.

Secretary’s Report
The normal Wessex show was canceled this year, but they did have a small closed show on 5th May for
their club members. Solent and Eastleigh were invited to take part in the Bellinger trophy, which is
contested between three Bonsai clubs Eastleigh, Wessex and Solent, we had a good display with a
semi cascade cotoneaster, informal upright yew and trident maple group all displayed on Tables
provided by Robert.
All three clubs had fine displays. Wessex was the successful winners this year.
Wessex have moved to a new hall and are hoping to have an open show again next year.



























































Solent Bellinger Entry
Wessex Bellinger Winning Entry
Eastleigh Bellinger Entry
Things to look out for on your trees
Bonsai Insect Pests Scale insects Adult scale insects are usually covered in waxy shell-like cover. They feed by sucking sap from a wide range of plants, including house-plants, greenhouse plants and many fruit, ornamental plants and most bonsai trees grown indoors or outdoors. There are more than 25 species of scale insect in the UK and they can be found any where on your trees. Some scale insects can weaken host plants and many excrete a sticky substance (honeydew) on foliage, which allows the growth of black, sooty moulds. They range in size from less than 1mm to over 1cm in diameter. Some species also produce white, waxy egg masses on stems and the undersides of leaves, this can be mistaken for mealybug or woolly aphid. If you see ants on your tree this is often a sign that you have some sort of insect infestation such as scale insects, greenfly etc.




















Treatment and control
Because the hard scale is impervious to contact insecticides, the best control can be achieved using a systemic insecticide. Spraying is often more effective against the newly hatched nymphs in summer, than the shell-covered adults. Small colonies and individual scale insects found on your bonsai tree can be controlled by simply wiping them off the plant with your finger or a damp cloth or sponge.


Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Societ y meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Monday 10th June 2019, Workshop – Summer Pruning Bring your tools and take the opportunity to work on the trees and discuss options with members.

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Thursday 13th June 2019, Talk and Demo by Tony Oswin on carving, wiring, styling. For more information on Chichester Bonsai Club go to www.chichesterbonsai.co.uk
All the clubs in the area support each other. If anyone would like more information on other local clubs please let me know.

Look forward to seeing you all this month’s meeting,
on 31st May Talk by Robert, Accent Plantings . As well as the talk there will be a display of member’s accents, so if you can bring some accents to add to the display please do so.

Keith Hartley
Secretary Solent Bonsai Society
www.solentbonsai.co.uk
Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com
Tel: - 02392640985
Mobile: - 07847487435




Examples of some of the 25+ species of scale insects