If your bonsai tree has wires on it, they
will need to be carefully watched during the growing season. When they become tight they need to be removed before they begin
cutting in to the bark. Use a wire cutter and cut them away rather than trying to unwind them.
Clip to shape at any time, however, large branches should be cut during the dormant season when
sap is down to prevent bleeding.
Using the proper bonsai tool for
the job will not only promote faster healing but also prevent ugly scars where they are not wanted. Although carving
a bonsai can fix many problem areas and even improve the taper.
To shape foliage pads, hold the
branch between your fingers with one hand and pinch off unwanted tips with the other. On deciduous trees, pinch off new shoots
leaving only the first two leaves, this will cause new shoots to grow between the leaves and the process can be repeated to
increase a branches density.
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