Annoying Orange - Wazzup 3: Bonsai Tree
There are seven techniques used to manage and care for bonsai trees. These include leaf trimming, pruning, wiring, clamping, grafting, defoliation and deadwood. Each of these methods serve a different purpose when tending to bonsai trees. Leaf trimming and pruning are typically used to maintain the appearance and health of the tree, while wiring, clamping, grafting, defoliation and deadwood are methods used to enhance the overall style and design of the bonsai.
Essential Bonsai Supplies There are some bonsai supplies that are required in order for your plant to be as healthy as possible. Caring for a bonsai involves a lot more than just watering your tree every now and then and watching it grow. Bonsais are works of art that require careful pruning and management in order for the tree to take the shape that you desire.
Now, bonsai trees are kept by the rich and poor alike, as these plants are inexpensive to care for and easy to work with. Beginners can enjoy a bonsai tree allowed to flourish in their more natural state, while advanced hobbyists typically work to design their trees to meet a specific goal. There are many different types of bonsai trees available on the market, including both conifers and non-conifer trees.
They grow quickly, allowing people to see their hard work progress, making this an excellent tree for beginners. Because of the fast grow rate, many bonsai nurseries will keep this hardy tree in stock, as it can be trained much faster than other species used in bonsai. This is also why the juniper bonsai is so common as a gift.
As these trees can live to be over two hundred years old, it is important that the pruning and root care is properly done. Pot size is fundamental in the care of the banyan bonsai. As this plant is also named a 'strangler fig', a pot too big or situated with other plants can cause the bonsai to grow larger than you desire.
However, there are other types of trees that you can tend to that have a shorter grow period, letting your Japanese maple mature until it is ready to be designed into the forms that you desire. If you are planning to work with dwarf Japanese maple bonsai trees, you will need to learn leaf trimming and pruning techniques to ensure the proper growth and design of your maple.