Creating an azalea

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IMG_5469.JPG IMG_5470.JPG IMG_5478.JPG So today i bought this Girard's Rose azalea and styled it. It is not malleable when wiring which caused many accidents, then me becoming frustrated. I severely pruned the overgrown roots and foliage. I guess I am content with the end product, but a lot of branches snapped off that I didn't want taken off.
Two words
Accidents. Happen.
 
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Could have been worse. If you can keep it alive it should back bud well as there will be plenty of sun light getting to the trunk.

I say good work and you learned some valuable lessons on how to break or not break branches. It does some practice. :D
 

Adair M

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For the most part, azalea bonsai are created by cutting them back and letting them grow back out again. Wire the soft green shoots BEFORE they lignify. After 6 weeks, remove wire. Cut back.
 

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