Hi I'm fairly new to Bonsai and bought a nice little White Spruce 'Conica' from a garden nursery. Its about 55cm tall with approx 2cm thick trunk at the base. I'm thinking of styling it in a formal upright but have a lot of questions! I'd like to try and keep its height as is but that would break the usual height-width ratio. Any suggestions? I of course need to remove a lot of branches to open up the tree. With the branches that I leave behind, should I cut them right back to the first set of needles ? I live in Ireland in Western Europe and its mid-spring currently, should I do this cutting back activity immediately? And I'd like to wire the branches, I think I read somewhere this should be done in late summer ? Lots of questions, I hope I haven't bored you to tears!