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Heavy Bends with Guy Wire

The guy wire technique is used both in landscape trees and bonsai trees. You’ll often see trees that have branches with wire attached to them anchoring them downward. The wire is used to put pressure on a branch and hold it in position until it sets. This is an extremely useful technique.  There is a branch size limit to which a heavy wire gauge can bend. Also, having too much wire on a branch is not...

Heavy Branch Bending with Raffia

For most of us, we always wish that a branch could be moved lower. However, we’re often limited by our technique or fear of breaking a branch while bringing the branch down.  More often than not, the branch is only brought down slightly and not to the desired location.  Fortunately, raffia is a great tool to use when doing heavy bends.  Not only does it protect the cambium during the bend but it also helps...

Clip and Grow Method: Developing a Pad Layer

The clip and grow method is a great way to familiarize yourself with the growth patterns of your tree.  For beginners, it’s also a great method to train your tree without needing to apply wire to your tree. Pad Development (Ramification): The objective of training your tree is to develop different layers of growth, or a pad layer.  By doing so, instead of having a single branch, you’ll have multiple...

Bonsai Training: Clip and Grow Method Basics: Tip #1

Of the methods in which you can train your bonsai tree, the clip and grow method is the easiest.  Simply put, it requires just basic shears to do. However for your tree to develop correctly, you must still follow some basic techniques. First off, make sure you are working with a species that uses the clip and grow method. For the most part, these are Elms, Fukien Tea Trees, Hornbeams, Olives, and most shrub...

Our Top 2 Favorite Bonsai Species

Choosing a bonsai species can be difficult.  There are so many species and varieties that can make it hard to decide.  Some trees prefer the clip and grow method of training while others need to be wired. You’ll also want to consider how each tree will respond to the different seasons. Our favorite species for all weather conditions are the juniper and the pines.  Both species are extremely hardy to all...

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