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Bonsai Pruning -  How To Groom And Shape Your Tree

Pruning is the removal or reduction of parts of a plant, tree, or vine that are not required for growth or production...
Basic bonsai care is mainly about grooming, shaping, and pruning your miniature tree. Of course, the ultimate look of your bonsai is totally up to you, but the need to prune your bonsai should be taken into consideration no matter what shape you seek. For an in depth look at bonsai pruning, a book on bonsai methods is recommended, but we can touch on some bonsai pruning basics here as well.

The key to bonsai pruning is maintaining balance:  Prune the roots at the same time you prune the branches. One end should not be heavier than the other. A top heavy bonsai can strain the roots. At the other extreme, less up top can can fool the roots into supplying less nutrients than are actually needed. Suffice it to say, you will encounter problems, if there is too little or too much foliage in relation to the roots. It is best to prune them both at the same time.

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The first step to bonsai pruning is to start with the branches. This results will guide you on how much of the roots to prune. Get rid of any branches that are not necessary to your design. For if you do not need them, why keep them? If it is not going to flow with the design that you are attempting, get rid of it.

The next step would be to prune in a way to promote desired growth. What does that mean, you ask? Pruning one area will often promote growth in another area; if your design calls for growth elsewhere, prune an area that will spark that growth. This may take some trial and error and a more subtle understanding of the species you are working with, but you will learn this technique and be delighted with it. Finally, using some finger or leaf pruning will complete the pruning project. This is merely the process of using your forefinger and thumb to twist and remove the unwanted growth one leaf at a time.

How do you know which branches to prune? The obvious branches to remove are the ones that are not going anywhere in your overall design. Next would be to remove the ones that cross the trunk, these are usually useless in most designs. Then get rid of the growth that comes towards you - these branches are considered distracting. Once you have pruned what you think is enough, let the plant sit for a few days and then come back and decide if you need to do any further bonsai pruning.

Finally, prune back the roots to match the general amount of banches you removed.

Bonsai pruning is not a hard task and should not be approached as such. It is all about what you want and your vision, so you cannot go wrong. Prune the unwanted and unnecessary branches and all will be well!



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Japanese Larch Bonsai Tree (larix leptolepsis)
 

Japanese Larch Bonsai Tree (larix leptolepsis)

$79.95

Also known as 'Larix Kaempferi'. The very beautiful Larch is an unusual genus, one of the handful of decideous conifers which is very popular among bonsai growers around the world. Unlike many conifers, Larix cones are purplish in color and are quite small and seem in proportion to most sizes of bonsai. The color of the foliage is bright lime green at the start of the season, bright to dark green during the summer and yellow to bronze in the autumn.

Artificial Flowering Desert Rose Bonsai Tree
 

Artificial Flowering Desert Rose Bonsai Tree

$59.95

The flowers and branches of this artificial Desert Rose tree are created from luna clay making them very flexible and, therefore, can be adjusted to your personal preferences or left as shown in the image. The hand-painted flowers are so life-like that people will want to touch them to see if they are real. This tree will retain its beauty for many years to come and can be cleaned with a dampened cloth.

Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree - 7 Tree Forest Group (arboricola schefflera)
 

Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree - 7 Tree Forest Group (arboricola schefflera)

$129.95

This is the tree that we recommend if you are inexperienced with bonsai or you do not have a green thumb. In our opinion it is one of the easiest bonsai trees to care for and is a very beautiful trouble-free evergreen. If you do not know which tree to purchase as a gift for someone, this is the tree to select. This versatile tree is great for the home, office dorm or anywhere and does well in lower or higher lighting conditions. We grow 7 trees together in a pot to give the appearance of a grove or forest scene. Great for indoors

Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree - Golf Group Scene (Arboricola Schefflera)
 

Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree - Golf Group Scene (Arboricola Schefflera)

$175.00

This is the tree that we recommend if you are inexperienced with bonsai or you do not have a green thumb. In our opinion it is one of the easiest bonsai trees to care for and is a very beautiful trouble-free evergreen. If you don't know which tree to purchase as a gift for someone, this is the tree to select. This versatile tree is great for home, office, dorm or anywhere and does well in low or high lighting conditions. Looks and feels like you're on the back nine. Includes golfer figurine.

Bonsai Tree Air Plant (epiphytic)
 

Bonsai Tree Air Plant (epiphytic)

$24.95

Epiphytic plants are among the most fascinating of all tropicals because they do not require soil to grow. Because there is no soil, watering is, in the main, via humidity. Our bonsai tree air plant is very easy to grow because it is quite able to take care of itself. Provide bright or subdued indirect sunlight, humidity, warmth, and weekly watering.

Juniper Karate Kid Bonsai Tree - Extra Large (juniper procumbens "nana")
 

Juniper Karate Kid Bonsai Tree - Extra Large (juniper procumbens "nana")

$175.00

This dwarf Juniper from Japan is the most popular evergreen in the U.S. When we think of a bonsai and what it should look like, we think of a "Juniper Procumbens Nana". They are very hardy, long-lived, and tolerate many adverse conditions. Trained in the traditional tiered level style with a curved trunk, this Juniper bonsai is popularly known as the "Karate Kid" tree.

Juniper Bonsai Tree (juniper procumbens 'nana')
 

Juniper Bonsai Tree (juniper procumbens 'nana')

$159.95

This dwarf Juniper from Japan is the most popular evergreen in the U.S.A. When we think of a traditional bonsai and what they should look like, we think of a "Juniper Procumbens Nana". They are very hardy, long-lived and tolerate many adverse conditions. This is an excellent tree for the beginner.

Mica Bonsai Pot Rectangle 9.5"x7.0"x3.0"
 

Mica Bonsai Pot Rectangle 9.5"x7.0"x3.0"

$29.95

Mica pot rectangle Measures 9.5"x7.0"x3.0"

Artificial Crabapple Bonsai Tree
 

Artificial Crabapple Bonsai Tree

$59.95

The fruit and branches of this artificial tree are created from luna clay, making them very flexible and, therefore, can be adjusted to your personal preferences or left as shown in the image. The hand-painted fruit is so life-like that you can almost taste the small apples. The trunk is curved and has a nice taper. This tree will retain its beauty for many years to come and can be cleaned with a slightly dampened cloth.

Ceramic Bonsai Pot - Rectangle 6.5" x 5.25" x 2.0"
 

Ceramic Bonsai Pot - Rectangle 6.5" x 5.25" x 2.0"

$8.95

Imported, glazed Chinese ceramic pot. Red/rust, rectangle.

Flowering Lemon Bonsai Tree (meyer lemon)
 

Flowering Lemon Bonsai Tree (meyer lemon)

$89.95

Sweet California Meyer Lemon. This tree always has something going on, either it is in fruit or flower and sometimes both. It thrives in nearly every climate, as long as it is brought indoors before freezing. Evergreen leaves with wonderful fragrant large size fruit. Spectacular array of purplish-white flowers with a wonderful aromatic scent. Great for indoors.

Juniper in a Water Bonsai Pot - Large (juniper procumbens "nana")
 

Juniper in a Water Bonsai Pot - Large (juniper procumbens "nana")

$59.95

This dwarf Juniper from Japan is the most popular evergreen in the U.S. When we think of a traditional bonsai and what it should look like, we think of a Juniper Procumbens "Nana". This impressive trouble-free evergreen is an excellent tree for the beginner. Our tree features a Juniper planting on one side of the pot and on the other side of the planting is a well that holds water. We include a ceramic fisherman figurine along with a fishing pole, line and ceramic fish. As shown.

Flowering Top Hat Blueberry Bonsai Tree (vaccinium corymbosum argustifolium)
 

Flowering Top Hat Blueberry Bonsai Tree (vaccinium corymbosum argustifolium)

$49.95

Our dwarf Top Hat Blueberry is native to northern and alpine North America. Loaded with small white blooms in spring followed by sweet full size 1/2" delicious, edible blueberries. It has a harvest season of one month starting in early August. Self pollinating. Only 18" when fully grown. The foliage turns a bright red color in the fall. It's small, glossy leaves, gnarly trunk and slow growth make this the best edible bonsai. Deciduous. Keep outdoors.

Mica Bonsai Pot - Rectangle 17.5"x12.5"x5"
 

Mica Bonsai Pot - Rectangle 17.5"x12.5"x5"

$59.95

Rectangular Mica Pot Measures 17.5"x12.5"x5"

Bonsai Pot - Mica Cascade - 10.5"x10.5"x10.5"
 

Bonsai Pot - Mica Cascade - 10.5"x10.5"x10.5"

$79.95

Mica pots imported from Korea are made of 80% mica, 15% polyethelene and 5% graphite. Mica has a natural ability to stabilize the temperature of the soil in the pots. This promotes healthy root activity during the growing season and protects during the cold periods. The pots are extremely durable and will withstand the elements for years.

Mica Bonsai Pot - Oval 17"x11.75"x4.0"
 

Mica Bonsai Pot - Oval 17"x11.75"x4.0"

$56.95

Mica Pots imported from Korea are made of 80% mica, 15% polyethelene and 5% graphite. Mica has a natural ability to stabilize the temperature of the soil in the pots. This promotes healthy root activity during the growing season and protects during the cold periods. These pots are extremely durable and will withstand the element for years. The pot has a wide lip and is dark brown in color.

Ceramic Bonsai Pot - Oval 7.5"x6.25"x3.0"
 

Ceramic Bonsai Pot - Oval 7.5"x6.25"x3.0"

$9.95

Imported, glazed Chinese pot, green oval

Imported Glazed Ceramic Bonsai Pot -Blue 4.5"x3"x2"
 

Imported Glazed Ceramic Bonsai Pot -Blue 4.5"x3"x2"

$3.95

Imported glazed ceramic container. Blue rectangle. Measures 4.5"x3"x2".

Round Mica Bonsai Pot - 12.5"x3"
 

Round Mica Bonsai Pot - 12.5"x3"

$45.95

Round Mica Pot Measures 12.5"x3"

Weeping Pussy Willow Bonsai Tree (salix caprea 'kilmarnock')
 

Weeping Pussy Willow Bonsai Tree (salix caprea 'kilmarnock')

$79.95

A delightful mini Weeping Pussy Willow tree. In early spring the branches are covered with large, fluffy, silvery catkins followed by studded golden anthers. Lovely green foliage follows. Grafted head onto rootstock. Branches arch straight down making a beautiful display in all seasons. Excellent choice to accent a deck, patio or pond. Deciduous. Keep outdoors.

6.5 Houtoku Bonsai Pot
 

6.5 Houtoku Bonsai Pot

$8.95

6.5" x 4.5" x 2.25" Rectangle, Blue

Rock Hornbeam Bonsai Tree (carpinus turczaninovii)
 

Rock Hornbeam Bonsai Tree (carpinus turczaninovii)

$39.95

Native to Korea, China and Japan. Full size leaves are 2" but reduce nicely as bonsai. New foliage is a deep bronze color which turns to a combination of red, orange and yellow in the fall. The catkins are about 2" long. Produces hop-like flowers and seed pods when mature. Early spring image shown. Deciduous. Keep outdoors.

Flowering Fukien Tea Bonsai Tree - Curved Trunk (Medium) (ehretia microphylla)
 

Flowering Fukien Tea Bonsai Tree - Curved Trunk (Medium) (ehretia microphylla)

$49.95

Native to the Fujan province of China. This tree has small white flowers that can bloom at any time. The foliage is dark green and small in size. The flowers turn into red berries that turn darker with age. Trained in the traditional curved trunk style. Loves the heat and does great indoors

Japanese Red Maple Bonsai Tree - Small (acer palmatum 'atropurpurea')
 

Japanese Red Maple Bonsai Tree - Small (acer palmatum 'atropurpurea')

$39.95

Red leaves. This is the famous Japanese Maple which has finely dissected palmette shaped leaves (deeply cut like the palm of the hand). Beautiful tree that will lend a soft, delicate texture to a patio, deck, balcony or garden. Deciduous. Keep outdoors.

Olive Bonsai Tree (olea europaea "little ollie")
 

Olive Bonsai Tree (olea europaea "little ollie")

$49.95

Also known as Common Olive or European Olive. Silvery leaves and white bark make this a very interesting looking tree. This unique tree produces the edible olive that is also used to make olive oil. To encourage fruiting, keep at 35F for several weeks during winter. Olea are often used as shade trees or planted in groves. Produces flowers on second year's branch growth. Transplants best in summer. Tolerates poor soil, heat, drought and loves the sun. Excellent for indoors.

Redwood Bonsai Tree (metasequoia glyptostroboides)
 

Redwood Bonsai Tree (metasequoia glyptostroboides)

$59.95

Really the most exciting of the Redwoods is the Dawn Redwood, a native of Manchuria China. Thought to be extinct, but re-discovered in the 1940's. The Dawn Redwood is a true Redwood. Like our Redwoods they are a living fossil an isolated "relic" species from a long time ago when there were vast forests of them. Seeds were introduced in the U.S. in 1948, and has been increasingly popular as an ornamental tree. The foliage is more lacey than our native Redwood but what is very different about the Dawn Redwood is that it is decideous. In the fall the light green sprays turn yellow, then bronze, and fall off. Only the Larches do that. Keep outdoors

Rock Hornbeam Bonsai Tree (carpinus turczaninovii)
 

Rock Hornbeam Bonsai Tree (carpinus turczaninovii)

$250.00

Native to Korea, China and Japan. Full size leaves are 2" but reduce nicely as bonsai to create this attractive forest-like setting. New foliage is a deep bronze color which turns to a combination of red, orange and yellow in the fall. Produces hop-like flowers and seed pods when mature. Deciduous. Keep outdoors.

Ceramic Bonsai Pot With Attached Humidity/Drip tray - Rectangle 8.5" x 6.5" x 3.5"
 

Ceramic Bonsai Pot With Attached Humidity/Drip tray - Rectangle 8.5" x 6.5" x 3.5"

$15.95

Imported ceramic bonsai pot

Ceramic Bonsai Pot With Attached Humidity/Drip tray - Oval 8.5" x 6.5" x 3.5"
 

Ceramic Bonsai Pot With Attached Humidity/Drip tray - Oval 8.5" x 6.5" x 3.5"

$15.95

Imported ceramic bonsai pot

Copper Beech Bonsai Tree (fagus sylvatica 'purpurea')
 

Copper Beech Bonsai Tree (fagus sylvatica 'purpurea')

$89.95

Also known as Purple Beech. A great colorful addition to any bonsai collection. Has leaves that are copper in color which turn to a bronzy green in the summer heat. Has smooth grey bark. Leaves turn red/brown in fall and hang on the tree well into winter. Deciduous. Keep outdoors. 10 years old. 16"-19" tall.

Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree - Stone Landscape Scene (Arboricola Schefflera)
 

Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree - Stone Landscape Scene (Arboricola Schefflera)

$49.95

This is the tree that we recommend if you are inexperienced with bonsai or you do not have a green thumb. In our opinion it is one of the easiest bonsai trees to care for. We cut and cement rocks to one side of the pot with an ample well to hold water. A ceramic bridge is cemented to the rocks on either side. A pagoda figurine is also added and cemented to the stone located above the bridge. To complete the scene, we cement a miniature glazed mud figurine fisherman overlooking the water holding a fishing pole and fish.

Humidity/Drip Bonsai Tray/Bonsai Pot - Oval Brown 17.0"x12.0"x2.0"
 

Humidity/Drip Bonsai Tray/Bonsai Pot - Oval Brown 17.0"x12.0"x2.0"

$19.95

Can be used as a humidity/drip tray or an inexpensive bonsai pot for a large forest group or Penjing. Eight knockout holes in the bottom of the tray for drainage. Brown heavy duty plastic with raised feet.

Ceramic Bonsai Pot With Matching Tray 9.0"x5.50" Tall Mustard Color Round
 

Ceramic Bonsai Pot With Matching Tray 9.0"x5.50" Tall Mustard Color Round

$44.95

Ceramic Bonsai Pot With Matching Tray 9.0"x5.50" Tall Mustard Color Round

Ceramic Bonsai Pot With Matching Tray 15.375"x11.625" Tall Mustard Color Round
 

Ceramic Bonsai Pot With Matching Tray 15.375"x11.625" Tall Mustard Color Round

$64.95

Ceramic Bonsai Pot With Matching Tray 15.375"x11.625" Tall Mustard Color Round

Baby Jade Bonsai Tree/Water Bonsai Pot Portulacaria Afra
 

Baby Jade Bonsai Tree/Water Bonsai Pot Portulacaria Afra

$49.95

This succulent bonsai, also known as the "Elephant Bush", is native to South Africa and has pale green leaves that are almost round and about one-third the size of the common Jade plant. The fleshy trunk, branches, and leaves are used to store water. An excellent bonsai tree for the home or office.

Humidity/Drip Bonsai Tray 13.25"x9.5"x0.5"
 

Humidity/Drip Bonsai Tray 13.25"x9.5"x0.5"

$16.95

A finishing, practical addition to your bonsai living sculpture. Not only do they visually enhance the placement of your tree, but humidity/drip trays make watering simple, provide essential humidity for your tree and protect furniture from stain and damage.

Christmas Bonsai Tree (Artificial) - 19" (Fraser Fir)
 

Christmas Bonsai Tree (Artificial) - 19" (Fraser Fir)

$34.95

Named for a botanist, John Fraser, who explored the Southern Appalachians in the late 1970s. Comes balled in a flat burlap bottom which allows the tree to stand firmly on its own. Arrives with packaged Christmas decorations for the holiday season during the month of December. Great on a table or end table. No water required

Ceramic Bonsai Pot - Rectangle 6.125" x 5.0" x 2.125"
 

Ceramic Bonsai Pot - Rectangle 6.125" x 5.0" x 2.125"

$5.95

Imported ceramic bonsai pot

Ceramic Bonsai Pot with Attached Tray - Cascade 5.5"x5.5"
 

Ceramic Bonsai Pot with Attached Tray - Cascade 5.5"x5.5"

$11.95

Ceramic bonsai pot, cascade, square, black

Ceramic Bonsai Pot - Cascade 7.5"x7.5"
 

Ceramic Bonsai Pot - Cascade 7.5"x7.5"

$19.95

Ceramic bonsai pot, square cascade, black

Ceramic Bonsai Pot Houtoku Glazed Oval - Oribe 16.0"x11.5"x2.25"
 

Ceramic Bonsai Pot Houtoku Glazed Oval - Oribe 16.0"x11.5"x2.25"

$89.95

Houtoku glazed oval oribe 16.0"x11.5"x2.25"

Ceramic Bonsai Pot with Attached Tray - Cascade 5.5"x5.5"
 

Ceramic Bonsai Pot with Attached Tray - Cascade 5.5"x5.5"

$11.95

Ceramic bonsai pot, cascade, Aztec Orange

12.5" Houtoku Bonsai Pot
 

12.5" Houtoku Bonsai Pot

$41.00

12.5"x9.25"x4". Rectangle, Unglazed, Gray, Lip Prominent Feet.

Ceramic Bonsai Pot with Attached Tray - Cascade 7.5"x7.5"
 

Ceramic Bonsai Pot with Attached Tray - Cascade 7.5"x7.5"

$19.95

Ceramic bonsai pot, cascade, square, Aztec Orange

Ceramic Bonsai Pot Houtoku Unglazed Oval - Brown 13.0"x9.5"x3.75"
 

Ceramic Bonsai Pot Houtoku Unglazed Oval - Brown 13.0"x9.5"x3.75"

$65.95

Houtoku unglazed oval brown. 13.0"x9.5"x3.75"

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