pruning

  1. Matt3839

    Ramify branching on Hinoki (Chamaecyparis Obtusa "Gracilis")

    I’m getting ready to do a light prune on my Hinoki; Chamaecyparis Obtusa "Gracilis". It’s got very long slender branches with minimal secondary branching and I was wondering if there is a good way to prune to promote secondary branching? It’s about 40 inches high and these branches are maybe...
  2. 80615

    Birch - pruning dead branches immediately after collecting?

    Hi, just this week I collected a birch tree from the wild and placed it in a wooden box. I kept the rootball moist and placed it in a mix that is mostly made up of pumice with 15% bark. Due to my current living situation it only gets a around 4 hours of direct sunlight in the afternoon, but this...
  3. Phishstix

    Are these workable?

    I received a shipment of trees from Bonsaify a few days ago and am hungry to work them. They’re grown in San Fran, and I live in Calgary.. quite a difference in where the trees are growth wise to where my trees are currently. My in ground trees are just starting to have buds swell or leafing out...
  4. N

    Slice branch on long axis to make Kengai/Han-Kengai?

    Good day and thank you very much for taking time to review my question. I am very new to the hobby (yet to get my first tree/plant) and have a question about cutting a limb/branch for the purpose of shaping it. My late grandmother has a Japanese Maple on her property that is over 12' tall and...
  5. bonsai_bingo

    Jacar - Flame - Silk: Ready to Trunk Chop?

    Howdy y'all, I've been growing these from seed for almost 5 years now (4 flame trees, 1 jacarda and 1 silk) and I'm curious to the community's opinion on whether or not they're ready for a trunk chop? One FLAME seems to be naturally back budding as is and one SILK I also let get waaaay too big...
  6. T

    Help with Barbados Cherry

    I'm looking for advice on styling and pros and cons of removing the lower limb this spring. Good idea or bad?
  7. A

    Ficus tiger bark - pruning advice

    This was a typical S-shaped tiger bark ficus. I air pruned it and chopped it about two years ago. This is is the top part. What an ugly scar. How best to clean this up?
  8. J

    Choosing front/pruning branches on Crepe Myrtle

    Hello all, I have a crepe myrtle I'd like to make into a bonsai, and I am having trouble picking a front, and subsequently choosing what branches to prune. I apologize for the crowded photos; I don't have a great spot to take pictures. I am open to any suggestions. I know I need to repot to...
  9. B

    How should I take care of my Chienese elm

    Hello guys, I recently got a chienese elm tree for my birthday (Jan 22nd). ( I live in central europe). I watered it as my friend who gave it to me suggested. He said this tree is decidious and I shouldn't be surprised if it doesn't grow that much. As you can see it grew a little bit 😄😄 I think...
  10. L

    First year with wisteria, would love some advice.

    This Is my first year with this yamadori wisteria that I collected in the spring. It has grown very well over the spring and summer. We are about to get our first frost this week. And I know that in the ground they can withstand the cold. Just wondering if it should be ok in the pot as well...
  11. martian_turf

    corkbark elm - advice on care, thoughts on styling

    i bought this cork elm from meehan's in what i admit was a bit of an impulse buy (i will also admit i'm a relative beginner at bonsai). that said, i see a lot of potential in this because of the trunk. i 1) have two visions for that potential and 2) really don't want to accidentally kill this...
  12. SandSquid

    Seiju Elm Pruning Questions

    Hello all - I've searched both this forum and elsewhere online and can't seem to find a clear answer, so I'm hoping by posting the question myself that you wise folks will jump in. I have a Seiju elm I picked up a couple months ago as a pre-bonsai from a nursery that has a "bonsai" department...
  13. Myrki

    New here. Ideas for this bonsai?

    Hello everyone. First post here. I got this juniper (not sure if Chinese, Japanese, etc), and I wired it as seen, kind of just going for something unique, not totally certain on eventual style. Anyway, I have done some light pruning/trimming on foliage which has 5+ tips growing out. Outside...
  14. hemmy

    Pruning in the heat, leaves are swamp coolers?

    During stretches of 100F+ summer heat, is there pruning work that could be done on juniper, deciduous, and broadleaf evergreens? Obviously in some places, those temps are just called “summer” and I guess the work must go on. Although stressing the tree through wound healing or foliage mass...
  15. C

    New to growing new bonsai with Chinese Elm

    I’m new to bonsai’s but I started last year with sprouting Chinese Elm. It’s a wonderful tree, and loves the kitchen atrium where it faces south. I repotted in the Spring, and did a little bit of pruning because it outgrew the pot. But then I read afterwards that I should not have repotted or...
  16. Tntthunder

    How to prune my Taxis media?

    Basically I have a nursery stock yew I worked on at the end of May in a workshop and we created deadwood and cut maybe 70% foliage off. Since then it seems to have grown really healthy (I think, this is my first yew). I want to encourage the lower growth, especially the buds lower on the trunk...
  17. mopifish

    Creeping Juniper - First Bonsai Progression

    HI everyone! I just got my first bonsai today (a creeping juniper from my local nursery), and with some wonderful advice from @pandacular pruned it into a shape. Since this is my first ever Bonsai, I thought it'd be fun to start a progression thread This was the initial Juniper, which I had...
  18. mopifish

    When can I start structuring my bonsai?

    Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum and bonsai as a whole. I just bought a creeping juniper (juniperus horizontalis) from my local nursery with some help from the nursery's bonsai enthusiast. I already pinched off all of the dead and brittle leaves/branches, as well as snipped a few tiny branches...
  19. Baku1875

    Baku's consolidated bucida spinosas/molinetti thread

    Consolidating all of my bucida spinosa/terminalia molinetti tree progressions and work into a single thread to keep things less spammy. I appreciate and welcome any constructive criticism, questions, suggestions. The poll is for the first tree. This is my 2nd biggest one, has kind of a long...
  20. L

    Has my bonsai "expert" neighbor just given my ginseng ficus a death sentence??

    Hello I'm fairly un experienced with ficus but I've had these to for a while and for the most part they've done great but the past couple months I've noticed that while one has continued to grow just fine but the other there's been literally zero amount of new growth and I've not changed there...
  21. W

    Intentional or random growth??

    Hello I have been wondering about this weirdly long and vertical branch at the end of one of the lower pads on my Chinese elm, but since its been there since way before I bought the tree I hadn't cut it, since I thought there must be a reason for it being there. Should I just cut this branch...
  22. DaManley

    Thoughts on repotting and pruning

    Hey everyone! Hopefully this is an appropriate thread to post my questions in. So I have two common beginner trees, Ficus Benjamina (Midnight, from what the person I bought it from told me) and a Chinese Elm. I am curious on people's thought of the current soil in each of them and on pruning...
  23. R

    Ficus microcarpa maintenance tips

    So I've recently acquired this ficus microcarpa. I really like it's current form but I want to thicken the trunk a bit more as well as develop the aerial roots more(maybe make them a bit more thick as well).I'm looking for detailed pinching, pruning, maintenance tips for this one. All advices...
  24. J

    BRT advice needed

    This is my first bonsai, I’ve had it for 1 yr. We’ve had some ups and downs, but I’ve managed to keep it alive and learned a lot along the way. 1 month ago I slip-potted here (it’s not actually that deep, there are a lot of rocks in the bottom), but did not do any pruning. It’s March in Austin...
  25. M

    Pot size and when to prune for ficus seedlings

    Hello everyone, I'm very new to bonsai and I am growing 2 ficus benghalensis and 1 ficus religiosa trees from seed that I would like to eventually bonsai. I have been trying my best to read articles and watch videos on this, but still confused about pot sizes. I planted these on Nov 10, 2022...
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