A quick post on the prep work Dave and I did to our trees to get them ready for Epcot.
Every spring, Epcot, at Walt Disney World, has a flower and garden show that showcases different aspects of gardening around the world. The theme of Epcot is a mix up of high tech marvels and traditional cultures.
Japan is one of the countries represented and therefore, at a flower and garden show, bonsai (being somewhat Japanese, is one of the gardening arts shown.
This bonsai display,however, is different from any other bonsai show in the world; instead of a weekend or 4 or 5 days, the show lasts for two and a half months.
Preparation is, therefore, a little different.
Any repotting must have been done at least a month ago. There’s no slipping a tree into an expensive pot at the last minute.
The health of the tree is important (it has to live in that pot for at least two months, after all). We do a final trimming before the show and adjust branches accordingly but the tree will continue to grow (in Florida, in the spring, one could get more growth on a tree than all year in some parts of the world.) and any wire applied must be able to last that long or get removed halfway through the show. Trimming is done every week by members of BSF. Fertilizer must be applied as needed and also any pesticides etc.
It is all organized by the Epcot committee chairman, Paul Pikel. I do not envy his job. He is able to make everything happen flawlessly.
I already posted on Facebook the finished trees (Adam Lavigne, friend me. I’m nice)
Here they are again
On Daves tree (yes, that Dave) the prep consisted of moving some branches to fill in some bald spots (Dave wishes he could do that with his hair)
And mossing the top of the soil.
We had a hard time with finding moss. I had to actually import it from Tampa (thanks again!)
I figured it was about a square yard we needed for both trees combined.
That’s a lot of moss in the dry season in Orlando.
The reddish moss on the left is actually red from blooms.
And on the right is another kind with green blooms.
It’s cool looking but also, with the length of the show, the idea is that it will grow new moss with the spores from these blooms.
We did have a few scares. On Saturday night Dave’s tree spent the evening on my kitchen counter. The forecast was for 38 Fahrenheit. Which is cold enough for frost.
We prepped the trees on Sunday.
That night it was forecast for 38 as well (32 is freezing) but I didn’t bring it in (a ficus is tender; it will freeze.)
Except, at 2am Monday morning, I woke up and brought it in for some reason. Maybe my toes were cold. Good thing I did.
The city of Orlando, that night, broke the low temp record. It reached 30. Which, at my house, means it was 29/28.
Damn!! Dave is lucky. He better be grateful I’m his friend. I think I hurt my back bringing it in that night too. Ouch, ooh, oww.
Today is Tuesday and I’m taking the trees to the Disney property for an early morning Wednesday install.
The show will last from March 6th until May 18th at Epcot in Orlando.