Hard Water, pH And Its Effect On Bonsai

This is a great article explaining the use of acidic fertilizers and vinegar to counteract the effects of hard water.


Fri, 05/24/2013

Club Annual Show - July 20-21 @ Franklin Park Conservatory!!!

Admission is free!!!

The show flier pdf is attached.

During the show on Saturday, we are having an Azalea workshop @ 3 PM.
$20 (just for the plant and wire - no pot).  There are 9 slots available.



Tue, 05/21/2013

CBS Study Group Inaugural Event 3/27/13 at Franklin Park Conservatory

Please remember that the Columbus Bonsai Study Group - inaugural meeting is Wednesday March 27, 6:30-9:00 PM @ Franklin Park Conservatory

Mon, 03/18/2013

April 27 - Dawes Arboretum Arbor Day Festival

The Columbus Bonsai Society will have a booth at the Dawes Arboretum Arbor Day Festival on April 27, 10 AM - 4PM.  We will be conducting continuous demonstrations on bonsai and we plan to be offering beginner bonsai plants for $15.



Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

April 27 - Beginner's Class at Oakland Nursery

Beginner's Class at Oakland Nursery (Oakland Park Ave. location)


Curious about Bonsai? 

Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Newsletters Posted through September 2012

Non-Members can check out our newsletters through September 2012.

Click on the Newsletters tab at the top of our page.

Mon, 02/04/2013


I was at Strader’s Nursery on Rte. 33 and Bethel, in November and discovered their herbs stored away in the large greenhouse.  I started looking at the Rosemary because they were blooming, then I noticed some lavender with bloom heads pushing.  I guess they were responding to the warmth of the unheated greenhouse as the Rosemary in my collection had in my unheated greenhouse.  I found both a Rosemary and a Lavender that had interesting “trunks” and since they were on $2.99 each, I bought them both.

Larch, Larix 2

The last article about larch on our website is dated April 2006 and was from a 1996 article created by Pine Garden Bonsai.  I thought it was past time to put an Ohio spin on this tree care fact sheet.  Larch is such an interesting conifer.  They are deciduous like Redwood and bald cypress that lose their foliage in the winter.  The Japanese love larch, the English love larch and Americans love larch.  Each native species is a separate species.  Each has slightly different “needle” size.  The needles are soft to the touch.  The cones,

Not All Maples Require the Same Leaf Management

I know that this article should wait until the spring when you can immediately put this information into practice but I’ve been watching video clips called the Bonsai Art of Japan with Owen Reich, Dmos by Ryan Neil and Bjorn Bjornholm.   From these I learned that it is important to trim your maples to allow light in to the trunk of the tree to encourage buds that will add to the ramification of your maples.  At our show in July 2012, Ken Huth mentioned that he removes the larger leaves on maples so that the tree develops more small ones.  When Linda and I were in J