Bonsai Care – Basic Bonsai Trimming

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.

Trimming Ficus Bonsai
New growth coming in on my Tiger Bark Ficus

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.




Ficus Bonsai Trimming


To reduce the size of the leaves and create denser leaf structure







First Trim of this Old Ficus Bonsai 
Basic Bonsai Trimming

Ficus Retusa Bonsai Before Trimming

Basics Bonsai Trimming F






Ficus Bonsai Tree Miami
Most Recent Picture of the Ficus Bonsai. After about 8 months of leaf trimming.

My morning bonsai maintenance routine