Ugly Wires & Skinny Arms

Slow Growth

I took my first crack at styling a bonsai tree yesterday. I chose to start with the white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) because it seemed to have better structure than the juniper, and the branches seemed like they’d be easier to work with.

Since I’ve never done this before, I went in with a “let’s see what happens” attitude. I read a few articles about techniques and approaches, and then just dove in. I started by cutting back the nursery bucket so that I could brush out the top of the soil and expose the roots.

I brushed off about an inch of soil and started to see a little bit of the root structure, but there weren’t a lot of larger roots visible at this point. So I decided to go ahead and start clearing out the branches. I ended up leaving two trunks, with the idea that…

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