Initial Trimming of our Elm bonsai

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So we recorded the majority of our Elm bonsai-in-training, or “potensai”, and posted the videos on our YouTube channel. The trimming session was split into a series of 5 short videos. Please go check them out. Our trainer talks through a lot of what he is doing, and drops some pretty good information. Below, I am going to highlight what we learned.

Here is our tree pre-trimming.

1of5_treestart  As a reminder, the chopstick buried in the soil is a marker for the front of our tree.  (Check out this blog post for more info on finding the front of your tree.)

In our first video clip (1 of 5), the main point is to always try and cut to the bottom bud.trimbottmbud

In the second clip (2 of 5), awareness of branch tapering is explained. A big part of this is not only cutting at the right place, but…

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