Grooming Your Bonsai


How To Keep Your Miniature Looking Beautiful

Bonsai trees always look better with the proper grooming. What I mean by Grooming is Pruning.   You need to prune your trees regularly to maintain shape and size. Pruning bonsai is an art form. Many well known bonsai tree masters around the world use different methods to achieve that unique and beautiful look. I hope you find the following pruning tips helpful.

There is no need for you to go to bonsai making classes to learn how to prune your bonsai trees. Yes, going to class is a good thing and you can learn a lot from the experience of others but if you don’t have the time or money, you might as well skip those classes and learn about pruning on your own. To get you started, here are some bonsai tree pruning techniques that you should be familiar with.

Form Pruning

The goal of this pruning method is to make your tree look old. To achieve that old look, you need to remove the larger branches of your tree. The best tool to use for branch pruning is the concave cutter. Concave cutters create hollows around the wound of the tree and reduce the possibility of ugly scarring.

Do not be too eager or aggressive when it comes to form pruning. Remember it will take a long time for a large branch to grow back so take a close look before you make that final cut.

Root Pruning

Root pruning should be done lightly and gently as possible to prevent any damage to its roots. Remember that the root system of your bonsai plant is delicate and could be damaged if you are too aggressive when it comes to root pruning. All soil should be removed from the roots before giving your roots a heavy pruning during repotting.

Maintenance Pruning

Maintenance bonsai tree pruning is important to keep your tree is proper shape. After shaping your tree and removing its larger branches, you need to trim back the smaller branches regularly. Never let the smaller branches of your bonsai tree grow too much outside your basic shape. Always remember that small branches can grow huge over time and if you let that happen, you will lose the overall look of your bonsai.

To make sure that your trees keep their shape and looking good, you can do maintenance pruning all year round.

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