Wiring

Removing the Bonsai Wire Just Too Late

Jun 25th, 2010 | By
Removing the Bonsai Wire Just Too Late

It’s crazy how fast my Chinese elm (榆樹 in Chinese) is growing. Last month, I wired this branch of my Chinese elm right before two weeks of rainy days. When I went back and checked the wiring two weeks later, I found that the branch had already been embedded deeply into the bark 🙁 I
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Prune-and-Grow or Wiring?

Apr 2nd, 2010 | By
Prune-and-Grow or Wiring?

Before, bonsai care and design skill was limited to the much revered Lingnan prune-and-grow method developed by the ancient Chinese philosophers responsible for the Literati school of landscape painting and design. It was not until the turn of the 20th century that the Japanese, in an attempt to achieve natural shapes in an expedient amount of time, developed wiring as another training technique suitable for bonsai. And these two schools of thought persist today.



Can Bonsai Wire Be Reused?

Mar 28th, 2010 | By
Can Bonsai Wire Be Reused?

As our bonsai trees grow, the branches slowly increase in size. Any wire on the branches of our bonsai trees can become tight, and as it does, mark the bark. In severe cases, the wires may have dug deep into the branches and cause permanent scars.



Best Time to Wire Our Bonsai Trees (by Tree Types)

Feb 20th, 2010 | By
Best Time to Wire Our Bonsai Trees (by Tree Types)

Wiring Deciduous Trees Deciduous trees can be wired anytime through the growing season. With leaves, it is a bit harder to study the bonsai tree structure and wire the branches at this time. Yet, nevertheless, I prefer to wire my bonsai trees at this time because branches wired in its growing season, particularly new shoots,
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Best Time to Wire Our Bonsai Trees (Cold Climate vs Warm Climate)

Feb 20th, 2010 | By
Best Time to Wire Our Bonsai Trees (Cold Climate vs Warm Climate)

The best time to wire our bonsai trees is when the branch of the bonsai tree that we want to wire is still young and flexible.  New shoots are not only easier to wire, but also quicker to recover from wounds.  As soon as the branch has grown strong and long enough to let a
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