Last year, during my trip to India I was lucky to get a glimpse of the Chennai bonsai scene. I attended a monthly meeting of Bodhi Bonsai Association and saw bonsai collections of two club members.I am back to India this moth and just attended another meeting of Bodhi Bonsai. It was good to be with this group again. It is the only bonsai club in a city of 20 million and their membership is growing steadily. This time another club member invited me to see his bonsai collection (images above and below). I was overwhelmed by a variety of tropical plants. Just like last time I was impressed by fig trees, but this collection also featured impressive Adeniums and Jades among many others (images blow).
Monday, April 16, 2012
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
For the past three years the soil of my bonsai trees have been getting infested with curl grubs. The worst case was a round pot with inner dimensions 4 X 20 cm, which had 24 of these bad boys (photo on the left). I reared some of them to find out what they are. They turned out to be the Punctate Flower Chafer Neorrhina punctatum, family Scarabaeidae (photo on the right). I was fighting them by repotting my plants, because even submerging the whole pot in insecticide solution doesn’t always kill them.