How to grow trees and influence bonsai

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

Here’s a quick update to the Happy Hollow Tree post from last year at the onset of winter. How we left the tree, a tigerbark ficus:

The pic below was just after the initial styling. The above pic was after just two weeks growing.

And now, after three months:

Below, three months ago:

And now:

The purpose of the work at the onset of winter (in Florida, but you can easily do this inside, and get better results due to a more controlled environment. I saw 37f temps a few nights) was to show that you can develop trees when everyone else says they are supposed to be dormant.

The wire even cut in.

Not too badly but it did.

The first work will be to remove the wire.

Here’s a bit of trivia: most call these “jin pliers”.

They’re actually for wire removal and application. There used to be…

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