styling

  1. 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...
  2. Trigobontree

    I think I’m Bonsaing wrong, but it feels so “right”

    Hello everyone! I know that one of the biggest beginner mistakes is over styling trees. So I haven’t styled too much yet, but from what I have done, I don’t think I’m doing it the “correct” way. But I’m ok with that. I’m trying to follow the rules, but for the most part I’m just trimming and...
  3. QuantumSparky

    Chopping Trunk in Stages

    I recently chopped a new maple a few inches above the final chop location. I've heard from videos and the forum that it's common to do a rough chop first, wait a year, and then do the final chop at the angle you want and (usually) pretty close to your selected new leader. Does chopping in...
  4. LeftHandLuke

    Favorite Material That Keeps You Busy (and Happy) During the Growing Season

    Here’s a general conversation starter for this evening: What’s your favorite tree when it comes to an abundance of growth/branching/ramification/taper/root flare options during a single growing season? I’m not talking about shortcuts or looking for something that grows fast (and dies fast), so...
  5. Yo Mango

    Styling suggestions for Xylosma bahamensis

    Hello, my Xylosma bahamensis is about to go into its new pot here soon, getting rewired, and pruned. I was looking for opinions regarding styling it, as I am struggling on the lower left branches and the canopy. Any thoughts? Open to suggestions.
  6. 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...
  7. K

    Multi-trunk Japanese Maple 'Little Princess'

    Hey everyone!👋 I thought I would make a poll to determine the best possible front/style for this Acer Palmatum 'Little Princess' I got for 60€ from a local nursery! Since I'm very new to bonsai, I'm not entirely sure if it's the best bonsai material, but the nebari seemed promising and the...
  8. B

    Tri Maple advice

    Looking for some opinions on this little guy I picked up this winter. It's got this big ugly knot on top and the branches are less than ideal. Its got a great and base tho! Thought I would get some opinions before I proceed. Chop most the top off or work with what is there?
  9. BeneficialCucumber

    Opinion and Help for new Juniperus Chinensis Pre-Bonsai

    Hello everyone! I'm new to Bonsai and I need help with my first Pre-Bonsai, I've only been shaping 2 year old trees until now. The tree is a 20cm (about 7.8 inches) 17 year old Juniperus Chinensis. I know the bonsai styling choices are very personal, so I'd like to ask what the first thing that...
  10. First Styling

    First Styling

    Here she is after her first styling in the early fall of 2020. It took me three days but I'm really happy with the results. This was my first time using copper wire (thanks Mirai!)
  11. Deep Sea Diver

    Hanging at the Pacific Bonsai Museum

    Deep Sea Diver here. Since I’ve been volunteering at the Pacific Bonsai Museum for the better part of a year, I figured that I’d post some of the jobs the volunteers do over this year to give folks what goes on behind the scenes at the Museum. Some of you have seen my first job, debarking a...
  12. G

    Maple, styling doubts

    Hi guys, first post in this forum. I received this maple, repoted today and i dont know what to do. some sugestions?
  13. Gottibonsai

    Mame Juniper cutting progression

    Hi! I'm an 18 years old italian guy and I'm into bonsai since 2016. That's my first thread ever on this forum and I'm so excited. I want to show you a brief evolution of this mame juniper that was gifted to me from a friend in 2018. It was already a 3 years old cutting. Unfortunately I don't...
  14. Clicio

    What happens if one wires the branch in a way that all leaves are upside down?

    Title says it all. When a tree is not a conifer, will the leaves eventually turn their top side up to reach for the light by themselves? I am trying NOT to twist the wire alongside the lenght of those branches.
  15. My Kind of Meat

    Advice styling this this douglas fir?

    I collected this double stem douglas fir in spring 2020 and grew it in this ugly plastic pot I had lying around. It grew very vigorously this year and with some light pruning and pinching I am starting to get some good back-budding. I would like to wire and style it this fall but I am unsure of...
  16. Deep Sea Diver

    What do you do with a dead tree....? (..or the making of a Bonsai Exhibit)

    I've often wondered what folks do with their trees that have suffered an untimely death.... So this is a thread asking folks to show and tell what they do with a dead tree. In my case, I was involved in helping a tree become reincarnated into a poignant exhibit commemorating its life. The...
  17. M

    JWP Styling advice

    Hello guys, I’m have posted a few times regarding my JWP. I got it a month ago and now I’m planning what I would like it to look like. I’m a little lost for ideas if I’m being honest, I have looked online for inspiration but the look is quite different to other JWP I see. i was thinking about...
  18. J

    New Junipers for great (?) price?

    Hey all. Still very new to bonsai, but I stopped by a nursery and fell in love with some grey owl junipers. And I feel like they were a super good bargain?! (Under 20$ each) Tell me what you think? Good for bonsai? Bad? What I should start with? I know they’re not in like great condition but I...
  19. M

    Help and Opinions on styling a Japanese Maple Bloodgood

    Hi everybody, I'm a complete beginner to the art of bonsai and for my first tree I bought a japanese bloodgood maple which I thought had an interesting trunk shape. I wanted to ask for some opinions on styling from those with a more experienced eye than me before doing anything to it. A couple...
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  21. L

    Cracked Trunk while Wiring

    Hey I’m brand new to bonsai and I tried to wire the main trunk and it ended up cracking. Do you think this will heal? Also what type of bonsai is it?
  22. Fl_bonsai

    Portulacaria afra repot !

    So today was the day I finally got around to something I have been putting off for awhile. It was definitely time for this jade to get a decent pot . So that led me to dragon tree to pick out a pot! If Anyone Is in mid to south east Florida should know about place , Robert was extremely helpful...
  23. HENDO

    Juniper Informal Upright Chop - Opinions Please!

    Hey All, I have a relatively decent nursery specimen here and am contemplating a relatively hefty cut. The trunk gets fairly straight and untapered towards the top section then the leader curves downwards in a large arc that just isn't looking realistic to me. I'm thinking of chopping at the...
  24. rollwithak

    Humble Seedling Beginnings - Knowledge Requested

    Hello Nutties..... Check out these seedlings that I have acquired!!! I'm not sure on the rules about promoting sites so for now I'll leave it alone where I purchased from. I know that many advanced Bonsai students just go for the thick trunks, but as I've stated in other posts, my love for...
  25. O

    Advise on a reverse taper and possible styling

    I have a cherry tree that I dug out of the ground, while it has some good features I like, it also has several inverse tapers. I was wondering if anyone could see a viable front by way of dealing with at least the first inverse taper? Thanks
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