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The Importance of Branch Arrangement

Branch arrangement is most often the difference between a good bonsai tree and a wonderful bonsai tree.  Unfortunately branch arrangement is one of the most difficult things to learn as it requires good fundamental wiring and a good design of the tree. With the modern style of designing bonsai trees, the objective is to arrange the branches in a way that gives the tree the most full look, a full 360 degree view...

Grafting Cont’d : Preparing the Donor Tree

Grafting is a great technique for developing growth and planning for the future design of your bonsai tree.  However, sometimes not enough time is spent on the quality of the donor tree, rather only focusing on the mother tree. One of the key components to a successful graft is by ensuring that the donor tree you are using for either a scion graft or approach graft is healthy and strong.  The healthier and...

Two Great Benefits of Grafting for Improving your Tree

Grafting is a great way to improve the quality of your trees whether it be purely for more desirable foliage or to strengthen the tree in general. When working with material, you may notice that sometimes you don’t have a branch in a position that you prefer or that you don’t enjoy the foliage of a tree that much.  Grafting is a great way to add a branch in the position that you want for designing your...

Creating Branch Jins, The Easy Way

Jins are a great way to add character and style to your bonsai tree.  It also lets you utilize the unused branches on a tree and create interesting and unique deadwood effects. Typically Jins are created through the use of 2 step process to expose the wood. First by scoring the branch where it connects to the trunk. Then using pliers to squeeze the branch to break the bark in order to peel it away from the branch...

Layering a Juniper Procumbens Nana by Jason Chan

Yesterday evening, I stumbled across a great Juniper Procumbens Nana in our nursery that was perfect for a semi cascade.  I spent the evening styling the tree.  It’s always best to work from the bottom to the top, developing the apex at the very end.  After deciding on the front of the tree as well as the angle, I brought down a few branches with heavy wire and moved them forward.  I then wired the...

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