1. A

    Shaping a Nana Juniper

    I have been working with bonsai for about a year and a half, so I am familiar with many of the basic ideas of how to trim and shape trees. However, this last year got away from me with this juniper, these runners kept growing and at first I was going to move this tree into a training pot, but...
  2. Apex37

    Too Late to Prune Bougainvillea

    I think I already know the answer to this, but I've been growing this bougainvillea out like crazy with no pruning and realized I forgot it amongst all my other plants on trimming it back in summer. Is it too late to prune hard? My need to prune is I'm worried I won't have space for it when I...
  3. Apex37

    Pruning Tips

    I was curious what the usual course of action is when you have a branch that only has a downward or upward growing branch. This is for a crepe myrtle, as I'm sure this might be handled based on species and how well they backbud. I know this is usually not ideal and these branches are removed...
  4. pstaboche

    Juniperus squamata styling advice

    New to bonsai and nervous about removing large branches. The first picture shows the slight S bend I'd like to use as the front but there's a branch (1) near the top that may detract from the trunk line. My bigger problem is the lower branches. I can't decide which ones to keep! Second picture...
  5. B

    Starting a Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa) that has overgrown on one side

    This is a 2-3 year old Bodhi tree grown from a cutting. So far I have let it grow naturally but due to overgrowth on one side it is definitely time to start pruning/wiring etc. It will be my first time doing so, so really keen to get advice. The overgrown branch was hanging down and getting...
  6. S

    Early winter maintenance - maples

    While many of you are enjoying spring and all the things that go with it we are now in late Autumn. The leaves have dropped off the maples so I've started the annual winter pruning. These are all older well ramified trident maples so I concentrate on removing long internodes, thinning new shoots...
  7. JuniperMasterRace

    Season to take Chinese Elm, Gingko, and Bakd Cypress cuttings?

    Title. I’m letting my trees go wild and run, it’s been about 2 months of vigorous growth (see Imgur link). I’m concerned I’m missing out on ramification and refinement just for a couple dozen cuttings. I took a few cuttings in January right before spring and they look like they are going to...
  8. JuniperSol

    Recently Styled my Juniper, thoughts and advice? I'm still learning

    Today I purchased a Juniper from a local nursery garden and fell in love with its movement. After some pretty hard pruning and a bit of wiring, I managed to get this unique shape and movement. Some Redditors have recommended that I prune it back more, which I agree with but am unsure as to how...
  9. Hallen1997

    Top of jade - pruning advice.

    looking for advice on what to do with the top. maybe cut and let grow thinner for taper or just let branch out? Yes I’m aware of the poor wiring situation. I’ll fix it later. Thanks for any help!
  10. Kidkidsupreme

    Malus Domestica: Repotting and styling advice

    Hi all, This is my first post here. I managed to buy this Malus Domestica for just €20,- through a Dutch webshop (happy to share a link if it's allowed). As this is my first pre-bonsai to bonsai project, I seek for some advice. Attached you can find two pictures of what I could consider the...
  11. K

    Maintenance pruning

    So, I'm looking for some basic advice on pruning. I'm a beginner. First, I've looked at many videos online and even read a book I have on bonsai, but most of the advice on pruning out there seems to be what to do when the plant is really wildly grown and how to bring it down to a more...
  12. P

    My First Tree

    Hello everyone, I just got my first ever bonsai tree yesterday. Looking for advice and recommendation regarding my new tree. Got it as a bonsai carmona. Thanks :)
  13. J

    Seeking Help planning/shaping Hawaiian Umbrella Tree

    Hello all, I'm still very new to bonsai, and shaping a tree is something I just do not understand yet. I found some very helpful sources on this site for basic shaping (ie a triangle of foliage), but I guess I'm not very imaginative. I have this Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai that's more of a...
  14. Clicio

    Avoid bleeding Maples at repotting and pruning times.

    According to Peter Adam's book on maples, if correctly done, the feared bleeding in early Spring or late Summer will be minimum on Palmatums and Buergerianums. There is a watering variable when repotting and/or hard pruning the tree that avoids or at least lessens the issue. Excerpt from the...
  15. A

    Pruning Japanese Holly

    Hi all Ive had my Japanese Holly for about 4 months now and was given to me with lots of dense growth and leaves. It's been growing lots of new shoots in summer and I've come to pruning. It's now dropped a lot of its leaves in the past week and has revealed a totally Criss cross of branches...
  16. P

    Trim to one main branch? (New to Bonsai!)

    Hi all! I'm very new to the world of Bonsai trees and have today purchased my first one, which is a Japanese Holly. After watching a few videos on how you go about pruning/wiring/caring etc, I'm left with the question of whether or not I'd trim one of the main branches near the base? It seems...
  17. rollwithak

    Juniper Procumbens Nana - Pruning Advice

    To Whom Wishes to Advise: I am going to do a little bit of trimming on this lil guy and was hoping someone could steer me in the right direction as far as what I should be looking for while I thin this guy out? I just want to take a little bit off as it’s gotten quite bushy this growing...
  18. F

    Ginseng ficus from ikea!

    so I thought it would be a good idea, with absolutely no idea what I am doing to try to de foliate and trim my woody bits! I’m hoping I haven’t just killed it, but do you think I need to do anymore? I’m struggling with the woody bits! My aim is to just have a thick bushy tree but I have very...
  19. walawelo

    Thuja Occidentalis Dieback

    Hello Everyone, So I got a few flexiable dwarf Thuja Occidentalis for next to nothing with the intention of training myself on wiring and pruning bonsai confiers without snapping, breaking or destroying any nice expensive trees. The wiring went relatively well (one tree snaped and a couple got...
  20. J

    Hi from Iggy the Azalea

    “Hi - I’m Iggy the Azalea!” Hey everyone, glad to have stumbled onto the board. Looks to be a thriving community! I’ve been a bonsai fan my entire life, have owned a few, and unfortunately seen a few die for various reasons (usually trusting roommates to care for them while out of town)...
  21. Yugen

    Looking for general info for a Mountain Hemlock

    I have a a Mountain hemlock that is probably several hundred years old. I can't seem to find much info on how to care for these basass trees other than the elementary- they need lots of water. Specifically I would like to know about pruning. I've heard that you don't prune like a pine or a...
  22. C

    Guidance for young Chinese Elm

    Hello all, I have brought my little chinese elm bonsai starter through it's first winter in my garage here in Portland Oregon. About a week ago buds began to sprout and I am looking for some guidance from more experienced folks about what I need to do this spring (repotting, trimming...
  23. L

    Ming Aralia Sapling- how to?

    Hi guys, new to bonsai. I have this adorable small Ming aralia that I just transferred to a bonsai pot. Would anyone be willing to help me out and circle which leaflets/branches(?) to prune right now? Because it’s so young I can’t tell what’s a branch, stem, leaf, or subset of a leaf. Help...
  24. B

    ‘Yardadori’ Azalea

    I recently dug this azalea from a landscape of a house being demolished. It had to be emergently dug up to save it. It’s now about 2 weeks stable in a pre bonsai pot with good soil and recovering. I removed about 80% or more of the foliage and it is growing again with several branches showing...
  25. B

    How to prune jacaranda?

    New to bonsai. Grew this jacaranda mimosofolia from seed. It's over 2 years now and growing fine but I'm not sure how to give it that bonsai look and how to prune it correctly. Any advice is sincerely appreciated. Thank you, Alan
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