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How Do You Start a Bonsai Tree? Properly Initially Styling a Pre Bonsai

Trimming Chinese Elm Bonsai

How Do You Start a Bonsai Tree?

To Start a Bonsai the first thing you need to make sure that your bonsai pot has proper drainage.   First we prepare our pot by placing drainage mesh over the holes.

Potting a Bonsai Tree
Take note of the two smaller holes next to the drainage hole. These are to a tree down with training wire
Start a Bonsai Tree
This small 6" ceramic pot has two large holes for drainage.

Styling Starter Bonsai Tree

The Chinese Elm has a stable root system,we won't need to anchor it.  We will be using premium lava rock bonsai soil.  This gives excellent drainage and is porous enough to absorb a good amount of water.

Create a Bonsai Tree

 

 

 

We lay down a thin layer of our lava rock substrate just to cover the bottom of the pot.  We remove the tree from its plastic bonsai pot.  This tree had many new white feeder roots.  It is important to keep these feeder roots intact when removing the old soil.

Wiring Chinese Elm
Wrap the wire once around the trunk. At the base of the branch anchor the wire then at a 45 degree angle down the length of the branch.

 

 

Properly Initially Styling a Pre Bonsai - Wiring Branches to Create Movement

When using wire to shape a branch you want to use a gauge of wire that is roughly 1/3rd the thickness of the branch.

 

Trimming The Shoots of New Growth Encouraging an Intricate Branch Structure

I trim back the shoots of new growth on Chinese Elm and Japanese Elm Bonsai to 2 or 3 sets of leafs.  However I wait until they have developed thick hardwood on the section we are

Trimming a New Bonsai Tree

cutting.  If the growth is still soft and green allow the new growth to get longer.  On this tree the shoots where about 10-12 sets of leaf

 

long.  If the branch is hardwood it will ramify (split) at the cut point.

 

Watering Your New Bonsai TreeWatering Bonsai Trees

It is very important to make sure this new dry lava rock soil absorbs enough water.  Water fully until you see water drain from the bottom of the pot and repeat.  Follow this link for our detailed guide on how to Watering Bonsai Trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bonsai Lessons From Bonsai Masters Creating Amazing Bonsai - Featured Guest International Bonsai Teachers Around the world.

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Bonsai Lessons From Bonsai Masters around One of a Kind Featured Artwork

Bonsai Lessons from Bonsai Masters world renown members of the international bonsai community was a very rare opportunity before the rise of the internet it was very hard to get access to lessons that we all can access with a click.  Amazing that with the internet we can learn from the best and have access to these amazing Artists like Adam Lavigne in Orlando, FL, Wiggerts Bonsai in Fort Myers FL. Bonsai Society of Portland and Mirai Bonsai, Graham Potter, Nigel Sanders, Iqbal Khan,  and countless other amazing artists.  Fascinating time we live in where we have unlimited access to information.  We have access to The Techniques we can look up in a few hours on Youtube can provide us the knowledge one couldn't come across in a lifetime of studying bonsai.  Though bonsai lessons from bonsai masters online is informative.  Learning hands on with one of the worlds top Bonsai artists is not a chance that you get every day.  There is allot to understand about bonsai trees.  Caring for them and = managing to keep them thriving in a small pot requires allot of attention.  Also there are many different ways you can create an impressive bonsai there are many techniques which work and there is no right or wrong way.  Some things work, some work better and some don't work.  Following a certain style requires certain guidelines.  Just by proper trimming the foliage will be kept tight and compact.  By trimming it.

Pomegranate Bonsai Forest
Pomegranate Bonsai Forest - Three Broom Style Bonsai Trees in a Group Planting

Bonsai Lessons From Bonsai MastersFicus Trimming Bonsai Basics

We are going to be featuring world famous bonsai artists, holding exhibitions and Competitions.  Next on our list of featured guests is Felipe Dallurto from Brazie if you would like to schedule a private lesson with Felipe or you would like to stay informed about our group events during Felipe's Miami tourInsooe Bonsai tree Tiger Bark Ficus Bonsai

Buy Bonsai trees online or locally.
This young Bougainvillea Specimen is beautiful bursting with flowers. They like full sun and water maybe twice a week.

Indoor Bonsai Tree Juniper Bonsai Care Trimming Bonsai Ficus Bonsai Techniques - Old Ficus Bonsai Specimen Bonsai Starter Kit

Serissa Bonsai Forest
Serissa Bonsai Forest -Three Tree group planting

Tiger Bark Ficus Bonsai Trimming Chinese Elm Bonsai Trimming a New Bonsai Tree

Wiring Chinese Elm
Wrap the wire once around the trunk. At the base of the branch anchor the wire then at a 45 degree angle down the length of the branch.

Create a Bonsai Tree Styling Starter Bonsai Tree

Potting a Bonsai Tree
Take note of the two smaller holes next to the drainage hole. These are to a tree down with training wire

Start a Bonsai Tree Watering Bonsai Trees Japanese Art Buy Bonsai Trees Buy Bonsai Trees informal upright bonsai Informal upright Bonsai Style Informal Upright Style Bonsai Formal Upright Style Bonsaip

Informal Upright Style Ficus Bonsai
Informal Upright Style Ficus Bonsai

Bonsi Lessons from Bonsai Masters

Flamboyant Tree
5 Year old Poinciana Bonsai on it's second year of training

gives the foliage it's miniature effect.   Remember if your just starting out, a bonsai can be any miniature tree in a pot.  That is the literal translation of the word.  Now there are some trees where the leaves cannot be miniaturized or don't survive in a pot as easily as other trees.  Right now I am developing my trees a collection of really special artwork.  For instance this Poinciana Bonsai is on it's second year of growth.  I only let the primary branches get 1"- 1 1/2" long keeping the internodes short will allow us to create a realistic mature looking Poinciana .  This year the secondary branches are already splitting and I am sure by trimming the next set of branches back shorter reducing the internode length and causing the branches to ramify closer to the trunk and primary branches. the trees next flowering season we will get bloom and have a very mature foliage.

Neagari Style
Neagari Style where the roots are grown exposed. A unique style looks good if it is done right

Progress in bonsai is like progress in life.  We are no longer bound to strict rules which just limit the scope of our creativity.  Working with different species and trying new styles makes the art progress.  Bonsai is now world wide and I believe it's good to have a foundation in the fundamentals but not think of them as unbreakable rules.  Follow your passion.  Most Importantly enjoy yourself..

 

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Concept of The Master Cut - Using a Sacrificial Branch to Create Trunk Taper

Sacrificial Branch to Create Trunk Taper

Concept of The Master Cut - Using a Sacrificial Branch to Create Trunk Taper

According to Traditional Bonsai technique the first Branch should never be higher than 1/3 of the height

of the tree.  Branches lower than 1/3 is considered a sacrificial branch.  Sacrificial branches coming out of the base can be strategically cut at an angle to create better trunk taper.

Sacrificial Branch to Create Trunk Taper
Master Cut - Advanced Bonsai Concepts, Using sacrificial branches to create trunk taper.