Local Bonsai Club can teach you how to take better care of your trees

The local bonsai club meets on Saturdays to work on various trees to shape them into bonsai and help others develop their trees. They also teach the proper way to wire and bend branches.

Kevin Beech and Neels Schmall with his 38 year old bonsai tree.

“It’s a relaxing and rewarding hobby. The Chinese started with bonsai and the Japanese refined it. It’s a world-famous hobby,” said one of the members, Marlene Visagie.

Braam Hartslief, David Jacobs, Allen Scheffer and Natacha Boshoff.

Although the word ‘Bon-sai’ is Japanese, the art it describes has its origins in the Chinese Empire.

Hannes Pretorius with a Black Monkey Thorn tree.

By the year 700 AD, the Chinese had begun the art of ‘Pun-sai’ using special techniques to grow dwarf trees in containers.

Marlene would like to expand the club and try to work primarily on native trees. “The goal is to propagate three trees out of one. In the bags is peat moss, which must be wet all the time to create roots. After a season or two (if roots have developed), it will be cut from the parent plant, creating a new plant.

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