Wiring practices (part I)

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Introduction Learned bonsai practitioners have their own approach to wiring and regardless of the implementation, it will conform to the ascetics of bonsai. But for the beginner wiring trees can be discerning due to the mistakes often made – errors that are difficult to rectify, thus questions continue to arise. Arguably the best way to educate those new to the… Continue reading Wiring practices (part I)

Wiring practices (part 2 A)

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WIRING PRACTICES (Part II A) Introduction Wiring practices is an important subject that requires detailed explanation to make the message clear and precise and considering the amount of pages required, (10-12) which in reality is too long for a single post, (5 pages max) it will be divided into 2 sections A & B. apologies for any disappointment caused, but… Continue reading Wiring practices (part 2 A)

WIRING PRACTICES (Part III – new wire as opposed to reclaimed)

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Introduction “When wiring bonsai always apply ‘new’ wire not ‘used’ because (a) used wire has lost its original properties and is inadequate (b) re-using old used wire is seen as a niggardly practice” Well the bonsai outlets would say that for obvious reasons, but what if you are a student existing on a pitiful grant. A pensioner whose allowance does… Continue reading WIRING PRACTICES (Part III – new wire as opposed to reclaimed)

Expansion clamp design and construction

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Introduction In the article ‘Wiring practices part 2B’ it was mentioned that the twin trunks of my mountain ash/rowan, Sorbus aucuparia were trying to fuse together, which would have spoilt the overall design. (image a) Hence a 3cm block of wood was wedged in place to keep them apart, purely as a temporary measure. (image b) Having given some thought… Continue reading Expansion clamp design and construction

Wiring practices (Part II B)

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WIRING PRACTICES (Part II B) Introduction In part 2 ‘A’ we discussed when to wire both coniferous, deciduous and young trees grown from seed in their first year. Other topics were the techniques to bend heavy branches including ‘V’ notching and what happens to the xylem when severe compression and tension are applied. In this discussion we look at an… Continue reading Wiring practices (Part II B)

Pinus strobus radiata (Monterey pine step 1. May 2019)

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Introduction Now is the time of year for a brief excursion to see what potential material if any, is available and low and behold a 64cm 4 needle eastern white pine was on offer for under 15€ a bargain considering that most members of the white pine family usually have needles in bundles of 5, rarely in 3 or 4;… Continue reading Pinus strobus radiata (Monterey pine step 1. May 2019)

Article 53 – ‘Superglue, tape or beeswax?’

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Introduction – Plants prone to the elements can suffer great damage with arguably storms, high winds and excessive snow build up being the worst offenders. Trees can be uprooted and/or have the branches break off and in the case of the Birch, (Betula pubescens) large amounts of snow accumulated at the crown can bend the trunk down into a permanent… Continue reading Article 53 – ‘Superglue, tape or beeswax?’

Article 54 – ‘Summer pruning’

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Introduction – The pruning of a bonsai tree is probably the most important single factor in the forming of its shape, perhaps more so with deciduous than with conifers due to their rather intensive growth. Pruning as such can be divided into four main headings, Root, Heavy branch, General and Leaf. When pruning roots and foliage it is often stipulated… Continue reading Article 54 – ‘Summer pruning’