Wax On, Wax off – Wire Removal

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With Summer in full swing in the Southern Hemisphere, high temperatures and high humidity, growth is all over the place. I just had a timely reminder while inspecting the wiring on a Juniper, that growth is so rapid now, that wiring that is fine one day, can start to bite in the next day.

Wire biting in.

I do not necessarily find removing wire a very creative task, but it is very necessary if you do not want damage done to a precious, and for that matter, any tree. Wire scaring can take years to correct. The whole process makes me think of a phrase from the Karate Kid first movie – wax on, wax off. Wire must go on and the must come off as well. It is just something that must be done as part of cultivating Bonsai, unless you just practice “clip and grow”.

I have also…

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