Twin Trunk Acer Bonsai Aser Spring Pruning Technique by mikbonsai

Pruning an Acer bonsai tree in Spring and bonsai pruning techniques Demonstrated by mikbonsai. The Pruning is done in the Spring to shorten the branches and create foliage which is much more compact than before. Buy, select, prune and train young bonsai trees.

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Nagasaki Crab Apple Bonsai Tree – Apple tree with buds, flowers and apples by mikbonsai

Bonsai Nagasaki Crab Apple Tree – in flower and bonsai apples

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English Beech Group

was acquired from Mike Jones about five years ago. Below is Mike’s record of the progression of the Beech group.

I started this group off way back in the mid 1980’s. I wanted to do a group planting – but could not make my mind up with what particular species. I happened on a nursery (non-bonsai) as you tend to when out and about, and saw some hedging Beech in a bucket, £1.50 a bundle.

Each bundle had around ten trees in so without further hesitation I parted with my £1.50 and planted them up in a large wooden box I made from scrap wood. At that time I did not take any photographs, didn’t imagine for one minute I would have a use for that kind of photograph (oh to turn the clocks back), also back in the days of 35mm film cameras I was generally aware of the cost of developing as well, so tried to make them count.

They did very well indeed over several years, and in 1990 I potted them up into a fairly small glazed blue container. Completely wrong but it sufficed for that time. They stayed in there for several years, being repotted here and there. The following picture is that image from 1990.

So for the next few years it was a case of creating a shape that would be eventually acceptable. Before I go on though, I must say that this group suffered some serious damage when two Badgers in my garden decided to fight and bash it around. Much work was required to make some sense of it again.

The next picture is one where I thought this view was the better one. Sadly it did not work and so a couple of years work was wasted really. turning it around saw almost all the main trees growing away from the front view which simply did not work.

A house move came next some 14-15 years ago and at that time I decided to change the pot as the existing one was simply not deep enough. The next picture is around ten years ago and the angle has been changed once more. All trees with the exception of the rear ones are now curving towards the angle of view.

It has been allowed to grow and is in this picture looking a little bushy!

Here on in I did not for a million reasons keep going with a decent record of further development. The following are in order though.

The last picture was taken towards the end of 2010 and since then I have really gone in quite hard to the group as it was getting too large laterally. I will update this case history around May/June 2011 as along with a prune and reshape, repotting will be carried out this year (2011). It has become very bushy again in the 2010 Autumn pictures and as I say, I have cut in hard this time to further develop ramification.

 

Branch Refinement of Old Chinese Elm Bonsai update by mikbonsai

Ramification improvement of Wild Old Chinese Elm Bonsai tree also known as my Bonsai Fairy Tree – an update.

The tree had a lot of very thin and long branches. During the last pruning all these long thin branches were removed. The tree has responded very well to the pruning and has back budded creating a very tight branch structure which will enhance the future ramification.

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Acer Palmatum Shin Deshojo Maple bonsai Pruning Technique by mikbonsai

Japanese Bonsai Twin trunk Acer Palmatum Shin Deshojo Maple Pruning Technique by mikbonsai.

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How to prune Deshojo, pruning these Bonsai trees is best done either during dormancy period early spring to sort of the branch structure. On every new tertiary branch leave either one or two sets of nodes and prune to remove the test of the branch. Also where that are two or more branches, remove the stronger one and retain the smaller branch, this technique is extremely useful to keep the canopy tight and not let it get too wide.

Deshojo Maples tolerate full sun. Leaf scorch can be caused by under or over watering. Best leaf colour is achieved when kept in partial shade. Well drained slightly acidic soil gives best results.

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Bonsai Malus Crab Apple tree repot from training pot into to a Bonsai pot by mikbonsai

Bonsai Malus Crab Apple repot from training pot into to a Bonsai pot by mikbonsai

Bonsai Malus Crab Apple Tree has been in a training pot for many years, Now this Crab Apple bonsai tree is being repotted for the first time into a Chinese Oval Bonsai pot. After repotting of this Malus Crab Apple Bonsai tree it will be kept in complete shade for two weeks allowing it to recover the root pruning, During these two weeks it will not be fed as fertiliser can damage the newly pruned roots with open wounds.

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What can a bonsai tree signify? from Anonymous

I am not sure what made you ask this question, could it be due to misconceptions by many people that bonsai are specie of their own. There is no such specie.
Bonsai trees are replication of a large trees in miniature. The trees do not signify any thing in particular. However, I have come across couples buying bonsai trees to celebrate their marriage and for them is a sign of their love for each other growing as the tree grows over the years.
On the 5th Weeding anniversary traditionally the gifts are wooden and many people buy bonsai trees as a gift for the other spouse to celebrate the anniversary.
I have also come across colleagues presenting a Bonsai tree to one retiring. Bonsai trees are also very popular gifts on mother’s day, father’s day, birthdays etc.
The significance of the tree is different for each person and it is very personal to each individual or couple in case of 5th Wedding anniversary gift or their wedding gift. I know one mother who was given a bonsai tree by her son over fifteen years ago and she is very proud of the tree and has a special place for it in her kitchen. People also get very attached to their trees for sentimental reasons and the sentiments for each person is different dependent on the back ground and the reason the got or were given the tree.

Neglected Bonsai Cork Bark Arakawa Maple Spring Pruning and branch reduction by mikbonsai

Neglected Bonsai Cork Bark Arakawa Maple Bonsai Spring Pruning by mikbonsai

Spring Pruning of a Specimen Arakawa Maple Bonsai tree. The buds are swelling up and ready to open. This is the time all branches are visible. The branch structure can be readily seen and the purpose of pruning at this time is to reduce the thin lon branches and make the tree more compact, pruning to just after the first set of nodes.

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Restoring old Hawthorn bonsai tree, How to Bonsai a Neglected Hawthorn Bonsai tree by Iqbal Khan

How to Bonsai a Neglected Hawthorn Bonsai tree, Restoring an old Hawthorn bonsai tree,

I acquired this tree in the summer of 2013, as part of a eight tree collection. I have not done much to it except wire some branches to improve branch placement and also try to have the tree bud where there were fe or no branches.

The trees at some point in time had been show trees. The owner was in ill health and as a result the trees had been neglected, had been pushed up against the wall and must have been like that for many years as all the growth on the trees was on one side.

First part of the video was shot in November last year when I wired the branches and changed their placement to where there were none, to improve the appearance of the tree,

I let it grow this year and in August this year, removed the wires from the branches, Pruned it and also removed the stumps left behind after removal of branches by the previous owner.

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How to make a Chinese Elm Bonsai Forest Group Planting Tree 2 Part 3 by mikbonsai

This bonsai forest was created two years ago, consisting of five Chinese Elm Trees. In this video the group planting is expanded by addition of two more trees, making it a seven tree planting.
No anchor wires are used to secure the trees in their shallow bonsai pot. Instead the trees are planted unsecured and rocks added to provide stability to the trees and ensure they stay upright. Once the trees have established in this shallow bonsai pot, the roots would have fused, the rocks will then be removed. Moss will be added at a later stage of the development of this bonsai group planting.

Japanese forest or group plantings tends to consist of odd number of trees, such as three, five, seven, nine etc, whereas Chinese tend to have even number such as eight, which is considered to auspicious and lucky. In my bonsai forest planting I have gone for the odd number of trees. More trees will be added as this bonsai group planting develops of the future period.

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