Natives Demonstration at New Venue

The January meeting of the Bonsai Society of Victoria focussed on native plants and included both a demonstration and discussion about the wide range of native plants presented by members.  There was a great attendance from BSV Members who were given an interesting discussion on growing native bonsai.  This information will help them to successfully grow more native plants.  It was the first Monday meeting in the new venue and was well attended by members.  If you need directions to this new venue, see the earlier post for details.

Growing natives can be a very rewarding activity for BSV members and while there are differences from the more traditional bonsai varieties, there are also many similarities.  For example, while native plants can often survive arid conditions in the wild, when potted as bonsai their water needs can often be greater than the traditional bonsai varieties.  There are also characteristics of some native varieties that need special attention and many society members are already successfully growing these varieties.

A selection of photos of display trees and tree detail are included below for your information.

Callistemon-Little John – After Demo
Callistemon-Little John – Before Demo

Coastal Tea Tree-Leptospermum laevigatum

Qld Box – Lophostemom confertus
Melaleuca rhaphiophyllus
Yellow Gum – Eucalyptus leucoxylon

Kunzea ericoides – Burgan

Coastal Tea Tree – Leptospermum laevigatum
Prickly Paperbark – Melaleuca styphelioides

Sticky Wattle – Acacia howittii