Basic Guide to Create Bonsai

Monday, October 1, 2012

Selecting Plants to Start Making Bonsai

You should look for a tree or woody shrub with compact growth and small leaves or needles, characteristics that help improve the proportions of your overall design. Juniperus procumbens nana fits this description and is readily available. It is excellent plant to start with because it grows rapidly, making it a forgiving material for the novice. Its ability to send out new growth on hardwood is another useful characteristic. Because juniperus procumbens nana grows fast, it provides the opportunity to practice and learn the techniques of pinching and pruning.

How To Do Plant's Inspection


In the next posts i will lists the parts of a tree to be considered when you select stock plants. You should begin with the trunk, which should be thick. Gently move the foliage away so you can select a plant with the thick trunk. At the same time, make sure you choose a plant with a multitude of branches, as that will allow you more choices in designing the tree.
juniperus procumbens bonsai
Juniperus Procumbens Bonsai
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Since the amount of roots pruned and the amount of foliage removed should be roughly equal, you should select the largest plant available to guarantee more than enough foliage to compensate for root pruning. Some branches will need to be pruned and others wired or pinched. Underneath all the mass of foliage, you will discover a tree that had not been visible in the nursery container. It is upon making this discovery that many people become hooked on bonsai. Another important lesson to be learned from beginning with mature plants is that you will realize all the time that is lost in waiting for cutting or small plants to grow large enough to work on.


Improve Your Ability About Bonsai

To try different styles of bonsai, buy two or three stock plants of the same species. Having to care for plants with the same horticultural needs is easier for bonsai beginners. Also, you will become more comfortable with the techniques of design by repeatedly using them on plants of the same species. Choosing several styles of the same species gives you the opportunity to improve your ability to find a tree in a stock plant.

If you live in a climate where winter temperatures are freezing and below, the trees that grow naturally in your area are outdoor bonsai. Their life cycle is based on a period of winter dormancy at temperatures natural to your areas. Many trees are lost because their owners do not understand the importance of outdoor wintering-over for those species that require it. Indoor bonsai, tropical trees that will not survive a freezing winter, are kept indoors for the winter months.

Understanding your tree’s needs is very important. Do not proceed without essential information about material you are interested in working on. In cold climates, where tropical’s will not survive the winter, the garden center will keep the min greenhouse. However, do not assume anything about the care of your trees. Ask!
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