Controlling Conifer Growth

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Controlling Conifer Growth

These simple tips on triming and pinching are from an extensive article entitled ‘How to Train Coniferous Bonsai’ from Bonsai Today issue 42.

Books on the subject
Two of the best books on training conifers are part of our Masters’ Series: Growing and Styling Juniper Bonsai, and Growing and Styling Japanese White and Black Pines.

Here is another piece from the same Bonsai Today article. Pruning and pinching excess foliage are always a good idea when transplanting. Less foliage means less work for stressed roots.

We transplant all summer
As far as the until June part, here in Vermont we can transplant conifers all summer long because it seldom gets very hot. If you know what you are doing, you can transplant conifers all summer in all but the hotest and driest climates.


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