Bonsai Root Pruning Decisions: Crab Apple First Root Work (3MT#3)

Bonsai Root Pruning Decisions: Crab Apple First Root Work (3MT#3)

Root pruning can dramatically improve the future nebari (root spread). The decisions we make during the first root work of a pre-bonsai piece of material can be very varied.

When pruning the roots of some trees, we are removing the tap root. When pruning the roots of other trees we are removing adventitious roots that have formed higher up the trunk than the nebari we would like to establish. Others still have crazy root bases that require aggressive root pruning in order to build a beautiful nebari.

In this three-minute Thursday episode, I’m showing you some examples of root pruning decisions I make when performing the first root work on some future crab apple bonsai.

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