Bonsai Care - Bonsai Trimming
Basic Bonsai Trimming is essential to proper styling of your bonsai. Basic Bonsai Care involves most importantly watering and caring for the health of the tree. Next is the styling, because the tree will loose it's shape if not maintained. If you don't properly trim your bonsai it will turn from a bonsai into a bush fairly quickly. When it comes to bonsai care as far as style goes it all starts with trimming.
Different trees are trimmed differently for instance deciduous trees are trimmed into splits of two by removing the middle new growth. Elm Bonsai and Fukien Tea Trees grow long shoots of new growth, these should be trimmed back to the first two sets of leaves.
Ficus Bonsai Trimming 101
As the new growth comes in on your Ficus you will see a little tip where the new growth is beginning like shown here.
To reduce the size of the leaves and create denser leaf structure
First Trim of this Old Ficus Bonsai
Ficus Retusa Bonsai Before Trimming