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Styling techniques

When growing bonsai, several steps need to be take to get to a well-shaped tree with nice ramification. In this page several methods are discussed for shaping the tree. Note that this page does not deal with the aesthetics, but really on the techniques that may be applied. From the proper way to apply wire to trimming for ramification. An overview below. Please follow the links to the more extended explanations.

With spring in full swing in Texas, USA, Scott Barboza has worked on one of his maple bonsai in development again. On one of the well known bonsai forums (bonsainut) he showed how he works maples in earlier stages of development, in order to develop the branch structure of maple bonsai as much in ...

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Defoliating Bonsai can be usefull
It is used for a range of reasons. From improving branching to redistributing energy.

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How big are bonsai?
It is an important question to ask yourself when you start off with bonsai. Because the trees are small, but still fairly big. How big..?

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Rating bonsai is a profession in itself.
And after competitions often the judges face a hard time defending their choices. But even during cclub nights discussions may run high when discussing trees of members. This page aims at setting some guidelines for discussing trees.

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Pierneef bonsai Style
is a tree that looks like a mejestic savanna tree. Originating from South Africa, this is a dificult style, due to its simplicity.

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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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Bend it tight
and you will get amazing bonsai. So.. how young van you wire and bend branches? The younger the better!

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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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Carved trunk

Size of bonsai
Bonsai come in a range of sizes. Have a look at some of them.

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Baby Bending

How do I get those extreme bends in my branches? Shaping the youngest of your branches and trees using the Baby Bending Technique .

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