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April 6, bonsai Questions

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When it comes to bonsai questions “ Well, it depends ” is not the answer most people wants to hear.

However, anyone with a bonsai tree, at one time or another, asks questions.

and, according to John Callaway explored in this bonsai article, often “Well, it depends” is response.

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John Callaway is the owner / operator Matsu Bonsai, Bonsai Society ex presidentof the Great Louisville and Cincinnati BonsaiSociedad member.

“Well, it depends”

by Guest Author
John Callaway

Almost without exception all questions bonsai can be answered with the phrase “Well, it depends.”

  • When should I fertilize my bonsai?
  • When should I water my bonsai tree?
  • what is the best time of year to wire my tree?
  • Should I remove this branch?
  • can you really grow a bonsai tree in nothing but marbles?

Well, it depends.

The main thing to ask yourself is, What am I trying to accomplish?

What is your ultimate goal and what is the best way to achieve that goal? Careful observation should be conducted in the direction of the answer.

often try to avoid what / when / how / where to ask for advice bonsai questions. It is often an opinion in the course of action I’m looking for when I have a question.

My bonsai questions are often in the form of “if I remove esterama, and then connect one above the other in her position would be filled elárea adequate and provide a natural and enjoyable way? “

This eliminates many of the follow-up questions that my asesorpodría have and gives you the idea of ​​what my intentions.

About seedlings

If you have a sapling, or one that requires much more growth … a lot of fertilizer and uncontrolled growth it is the answer.

often, the first answers to the “what do I do with this tree?” bonsai question is put on the ground for a number of years.

What this answer is really saying is that This tree is too young in their development to worry about refinement or restrict growth . If the refining process (pinches, etc.) starts too early on this tree that will have a well branched branch in a small trunk that lacks movement, conical shape and character.

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In the seedling stage should keep the árbolvivo and well-fertilized .

Roots can (and should) be worked during this phase, creating the structure for future development.

Pre-Bonsai Questions

have grown or maybe you have bought a tree search about the size you want. “What now?”

At this time you should have examined the roots and reach a plan for the future. Perhaps you have identified a main root to be eliminated in the coming years. The trunk has a good ycarácter movement and has pretty good nebari taper to the apex.

Now, puedecomenzar to select the branches you’ve been eying.

completely remove unwanted or unneeded branches. Do not worry too much with the “rules” during the early parts of this work. If you remove all branch dela inside curve of the curve can severely limit your design options.

look to the future of its design, but do not tie the two manosdetrás back, and certainly not a health risk or bonsai tree.

And remember, fertilize, fertilize, fertilize .


Okay, not ready for the show Kokufu in Japan, but this tree is starting to look like a bonsai.

club show this year that has just passed, which means you have nearly a year to get everything done. You do not believe that the tree will be ready in just 12 months? Okay, wait an additional year.

In fast-growing trees such as maples and elms bastanteposiblemente could be ready for the show next year. More questions bonsai?

Keep track of pinching, pruning, you will be surprised yalambradoy progress. It may take a little adicionalestaciones for well refined species such as pine branches, but the ultimate goal is the mismo.Se required here

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careful timing of fertilizing, pinching and pruning.

good reads bonsai questions local experts and an idea in the head, they should ensure that the appropriate response if you still need guidance.

Show Preparation

The tree is finally ‘Show list’ and will make a great debut of all your hard work.

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The tree has been finely connected to the tip of each well branched branch.

the boat has recently been selected complements the tree in shape, color, finish and texture.

The soil is cleaned of debris and a dressing up short, neat, moss green healthy has been applied to the soil surface.

Various options for stands have been selected and is esperandopara show preparation time to make the final decision based on the lighting, height, balance, layout and personal preferences.


may not feasible to keep the tree in a state of “ready look” for many years in a row. Very soon tree health can start to decrease.

would be much better for the tree have a rest period.

This would be a great opportunity to examine the tree and perhaps rework some of the branches . Some of the larger or morethe thick growth can be replaced by the finest branches, more refined that will most likely increase the quality of the overall design.

Your choice now is to decide how much and how to remove a drastic change we want to create. It may be a couple of years before the design gave esse account, but you have the time.

Furthermore, it has been working on several other trees and One in particular is almost ready for the big show. Focus your efforts on this new bonsai tree, while others recover.

How long does all this?
Well, it depends!

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