Bonsai tree: Prune or Wire? How About Both?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bonsai tree: Prune or Wire? How About Both?

The instructions are geared for beginning bonsai enthusiasts.
You can grow decent bonsai without wiring. However, I know of no bonsai that doesn’t require some pruning. If just pruning without wiring works to achieve a desirable effect, then just prune. Trunks and branches that grow without wiring tend to look more natural.
Not all trunks and branches that grow on their own look good. In the top drawing above, the branches are too straight and uninteresting, so wiring is appropriate. Most bonsai artist use wire. Some use it a lot, some more sparingly.

Source: Bonsai Bark


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