Bonsai Pruning and Bonsai Pruning Tips
Bonsai tree has been the first love of the owners and the hobby-go-after person. Both of them, love the bonsai tree for the art associated in its making. Being a traditional craft the making of a bonsai tree is challenging yet interesting and daunting yet creative. The bonsai tree is a result of pruning and grooming. The aestheticism in a bonsai tree is a result of regular pruning and maintenance. The pruning is done for various parts of the bonsai tree. From the roots to the branches, the bonsai tree is pruned from time to time in order to remain healthy and aesthetic.
The bonsai tree needs to be pruned regularly for several reasons. However the most conspicuous reason for the pruning of a bonsai tree, as observed by traditional bonsai growers is the health aspect. A bonsai tree grows out to live for a hundred years and more. There are several bonsai trees that are passed on from one generation to the other. Since, this is a really long process of growth and survival; pruning of certain parts of the bonsai tree can result in rejuvenation and a refreshing phase in the life-cycle of the bonsai tree. As a result of this pruning the bonsai tree also grows to be beautiful, artistic and healthy.
Now, you may be wondering about the areas that are pruned on a bonsai. A portion of the roots, probably a quarter of them are pruned in order to let the new roots supersede the older trimmed roots. The soil around the area is also changed in order to let the new roots be exposed to a high quality soil. The new soil and the roots then carry out their growth in a healthy and rejuvenating fashion.
Pruning is also done for the unwanted or underdeveloped branches for the bonsai tree. These unwanted branches can hinder the growth of the tree and sabotage the photogenic look of the bonsai. Apart from the branches the unnecessary leaves must also be pruned so that they do not defame the future appearance of the bonsai tree. The farmer must also prune the areas of the bonsai wherever necessary. This is usually done in order to enhance the look of the bonsai tree. The right shape and size is achieved at the end of this regular pruning. Some trees require heavy pruning while some do not. The size of the tree does not determine the pruning rules.
For the purpose of pruning the tree and the wiring that is put around the bonsai in order to let it remain sturdy and well designed, there are certain tools that are used. Bonsai wire cutters; farmer’s knife, concave branch cutter, spherical knob cutter, etc are some of the indispensable tools for beginners and regular pruning. These tools are enough for a beginner’s tool kit. You do not need to keep with you the various available tools when these can be just enough.