The Technique of cutting or trimming the bonsai aims to give shape, throw branches or twigs that are not needed and shorten the stem or branch. Plants that will be formed into a bonsai or known as going bonsai usually has a rapid growth. This can be seen particularly in the growth of stems and branches. If left to grow naturally, the plant will continue to grow high, wide branches, as well as the enlarged part of the other limb. By cutting, branch or trunk can be selected as desired. Stems or branches that ugly and detract from the beauty discarded and the elected branches maintained and regulated growth.
The principle of cutting the stem bonsai is as follows:
- The Cutting is done such that the resulting wound evenly with the surface of the base of the plant. If the injury due to sizeable cuts should be wound is closed with chemicals such as paraffin.
- Cutting the stem unhealthy or bad growth should also consider the growth of existing branches and healthy. Cutting plants resistance against different rod depending on the level of fertility.
- Healthy plants will be more resistant to cuts while the plant is not healthy to have a weak resistance.
- If want new branches grow from a branch, the cutting should be done as close as possible to the part in question and the branch should indeed good growth.
- After configuring the larger branches, you now move on to the smaller ones. Smaller branches and leaves can be trimmed using fine sears to create clean incisions.
Some seasoned bonsai gardeners trim off leaves by using their fingers. This is done through a quick twisting motion that breaks off twigs and leaves. It is recommended that you practice this motion on some other plants first before you try it on your bonsai. The trick is to break of the leaving without exerting too much pressure on the main branch. If done wrongly, you may accidentally break some branches in the process.