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Growing bonsai trunks

When first growing bonsai trees, most people start with a sapling which is placed in a pot, and they call it a bonsai. After some tutorials and seeing an exposition or two, some realize that there is more to bonsai than just a stick in a pot. Quickly the question comes up: How do I get my cutting, seedling or sapling to grow a bonsai trunk and nebari? Below the general ideas behind bonsai trunks and how you can also grow killer-trunks.

Crateagus with sacrifice branch

Taking a look at sacrifice branches!

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Bending and growing, a way to grow thick trunks
So how do you go about creating thick trunks on bonsai using bending of branches?

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Crateagus with sacrifice branch

Thickening trunks using sacrifice branches
is a good way to develop thick trunks on bonsai. How d you use this technique?

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Getting a nice taper is dificult.
Unless you know the power of cutting and growing, in repeated fashion.

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Birch trunk

How tall should a bonsai be?
It is actually fairly easy to answer this question. If you know how big the trunk is in any case..

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Getting good taper in bonsai is a matter of cutting
after letting a trunk grow big, you cit it back. And there you have it. Taper.

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Carved trunk

Why bonsai trunks grow thick
. It is good to understand how trunks grow if you want to grow them yourself.

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Birch trunk

The base of a good bonsai, is a good trunk. The main thing giving the impression of age are the trunk and bark of your bonsai. And all too often this aspect is overlooked when people just start off with bonsai. How to create the perfect trunk for bonsai? To know that, one first needs ...

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  • Nat says:

    My bonsai tree is dying. I received it for mothers day. It blossomed, and now the green leaves are falling out. I will put it outside now, and I don’t know how much water to give it.
    Also, it is a outdoor satsuki azalea rhododendron indicum. I was going to repot it. I see that it needs azalea soil and lime free. How much do I water it? Thanks for anyone’s help.

    • JelleFerwerda says:

      Hi natalie,

      THis is dificult to help you with from a distance. Azalea need to be outdoors in summer. In winter they prefer a cool (less then 10 degrees celcius) place, with a lot of light, but no long-term frost.

      They do not like to dry out completely, nor do they like to be very wet. It is a constant balancing act.

      If you have agarden, I would take it out of the pot, and plant it in the garden for the rest of the year, in a spot where it gets some sun in the morning or evening, but not more then that. THis way the roots get a balanced moisture levels, required for recovery.

      Good luck!


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