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And if I do a square cut?

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I have written on several occasions, and certainly I’ve read here and elsewhere, that when decandling black or red pine bonsai is important to make a square cut (see “Decandling of black pine – making the cut”).

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Until recently, however, he had seen little evidence that the long end of an inclined cut inhibits new growth than the short end. A test was in order. Last spring I did a lot of undercuts to see what actually happens.

Don't make angles cuts

Opening the sample undercuts

Although the results were mixed, cuts more inclined yielded the expected results of no.

Slanted cuts

New shoot growing at the right time on the short end cutting

Slanted cuts

Not strong enough to produce a new outbreak, decandling here was a new outbreak will open next spring

of course, there were plenty of exceptions, including some new shoots that emerged in unexpected places.

Slanted cuts

What is this? Summer emerging growth next cut

seems that at best, making an inclined cut produces stronger buds on the short end of the court, and at worst, the results are unpredictable. The moral of the story seems to be that we are better off making square cuts.

This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com


And if I do a square cut?

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