1. S

    First steps to turn this maple into a bonsai

    Planning to make this shohin size but open to suggestions, i have never made a bonsai from pre-bonsai like this and i am curious as what you guys would do such as the first steps and ideas for shaping/wiring.
  2. goth_gardener

    Hardcore bending experiment Boxleaf - hallowing, bracing, and breaking trunk

    Hello! I tried my hand experimenting on this very very stiff boxleaf tree I got from a local nursery, using a technique I’d seen videos of some bonsai teachers and enthusiasts doing. I hollowed out a channel on the back of the trunk to make the tree bendable, laid in copper wire, raffia wrapped...
  3. Y

    First time wiring ever.

    This is my first time ever wiring anything so welcome so criticism and feedback! I’m going for a cascade as it’s my wife’s favorite style of bonsai. Starting to bring that right side down and pruned a big branch on the left. Trimmed down the middle area to get it shorter as it was very leggy so...
  4. O

    Looking for styling advice on this P. Afra I just brought home

    Looking for some ideas on how I can style this P. Afra. It will be my first time doing much in the way of styling but I've done a lot of research over a couple of years and continue to read and learn. Here's a bunch of photos from different angles of the tree. I'm a really big fan of the type of...
  5. E

    How is my wiring?

    Hey, I have finally recently received my first bonsai tree! It is in the middle of summer where I live and I have been giving this hinoki cypress tons of sun. I have received some wire in the mail and have attempted my first wiring. Here’s some images! And before wiring images Here. I have also...
  6. S

    Starter trees

    I am new to bonsai and just bought a couple of trees for potential future bonsai. Both trees are mountain maples and are tall and thin. The trees are going to be planted in bigger pots to thicken the trunks. Do you have any recommendations on wiring them. I have no idea where to start.
  7. 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...
  8. JuniperSol

    Tall Escambron Styling - Literati? Informal Upright?

    So I recently purchased this rather large Escambron that was collected from Puerto Rico about 8+ years ago from a gentleman in Florida. I do really like it (even if it doesn't follow the rules of Bonsai all the way), but could use some styling advice. I have gone ahead and started on some of the...
  9. JuniperSol

    Escambron Styling Assistance

    I have this Escambron I recently got from Puerto Rico and could use some advice. I like the general shape of the tree, but I think it could be better. My biggest issue is the main lowest branch as it just seems like a jumbled mess with the primary branch being too long and not bendable. Thoughts...
  10. N

    Help with prunus serrulata

    Hi! I am fairly new to bonsai and have started a prunus serrulata from seed. I am looking for some advice on what to do next. I am heading into fall soon, and then winter. During winter I will store outside under cover of snow (I live in Canada BC). It has grown substantially and is over a foot...
  11. A

    Juniper wiring

    First attempt at wiring so go easy on me please 😂 Got this juniper from a local nursery. Any tips & constructive criticism is very welcome! Cheers, Aaron
  12. veles616

    My second "victim"

    This is a small tree i found under my goat willow a few months ago i think it must be a beech or a hornbeam, it's the second tree i decided to try and make a bonsai. I'm trying to learn everything there is to learn but it's very difficult to get proper information and materials where I live, do...
  13. Agriff

    Clip and Grow Appreciation Thread

    I was reading through this thread here about wiring, and it encouraged a debate about clip and grow. I think it would be worthwhile to highlight some of the merits of this bonsai philosophy. Pro-wire folks regard clip and grow as one useful tool in their toolbox, but I'm intrigued by this...
  14. M

    Crepe Myrtle Styling Help

    Ripped out this crepe myrtle earlier in the summer that was unwanted but I have no idea what to do with it. I can’t seem to find any kind of structure fitting for a bonsai. If I just chop off all the top and leave a fat stump I’d be waiting 15 years for a decent sized new leader to come in...
  15. M

    Azalea problem

    Hey guys. I have a satsuki shrub that I’ve been wanting to chop into a bonsai for awhile and I have a general idea as to what shape I’m trying to achieve and everything, but I’m having an issue with timing. I live in zone 9a and people I’ve asked have advised me to not chop until january or...
  16. leandroaveiro

    Blue Spruce: best timing for heavy pruning and wiring

    Hi, completely new to bonsai and to the forum. I recently acquired an untrained Blue Spruce. It's completely packed with thick branches, which I will need to reduce significantly. My questions is, what is the best time of the year to do some heavy pruning and wiring? Right about now at the turn...
  17. M

    New Sakuragata Satsuki, Need Some Help

    Hello friends, Today (May 20) I purchased a Sakuragata Satsuki azalea from Schley’s Bonsai nursery and I need help transforming it into something beautiful. I’m new to azalea bonsai. To begin, when is the best time to drastic prune this piece? Can I begin now (May)? Will duct seal work as...
  18. C

    Wiring and shaping advice

    Hi All, Recently got hooked on bonsai and would love to hear your suggestions on shaping and wiring for this little tree. I also need some help identifying the tree, the tag said Brazilian Rain Tree, but from what I've found online it really doesn't look like one. Thanks Craig
  19. JuniperSol

    Grewia Occidentallis - Wiring Help

    This will be my first time wiring my bonsai. I have read about the correct materials to use, but I am unsure where to start wiring and clean up my little tree. I would like to note I am also planning to repot on the same day as this is a hardy plant. Any advice would be awesome and I am planning...
  20. J

    How does my wiring look?

    Hey guys, This is the first tree I've ever wired. It's a Ficus sp. I've grown from a cutting for about a year. This was mostly just for practice, but I wanted to see what others thought of my job, and any tips/advice they may be able to give me. I wasn't really sure how old the tree should be...
  21. 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...
  22. P

    Step by step help please!

    Hi all! I got a bonsai kit for a fun project for the family as my mother-in-law had mentioned bonsai and my husband expressed interest. It turns out I’m totally addicted to these little sprouts. I had some hiccups with about half my seeds, which I looked up solutions, retried and 2 of the 4...
  23. BarkLeafTrees

    Cork Bark Oak

    Hi fellow Nuts! I live in the U.K. and have purchased a raw material Cork Bark Oak. I’d love to hear your thoughts and possible styling ideas, I have one thing in mind but would like some other opinions. I’m itching to work on it but would it not be a good time to wire the tree? As it would...
  24. Bonsai Noodles

    When to use guy wiring vs. regular wiring techniques?

    I don't think I see as much documentation about how to "guy wire" trees, and I think it's because the technique is on the more advanced side of things. So when should you use guy wiring techniques vs. regular wiring techniques? My impression is that you should use guy wires when the branches are...
  25. 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.
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