It’s been said on many occasions that the material I’ve used for these movies and it’s styling one side for you is very expensive and I’m okay with that because we’ve worked some very interesting and some very unique and very special trees along the way but one of the things I do understand is when you first come to bonsai the concept of working on a tree that cost hundreds of pounds or even thousands of pounds it’s really quite daunting and I would recommend it’s not something that you do unless you’ve got good experience or somebody of good experience to help you so today I thought we’d try a different approach and what I’m going to do is take this 50 quid I’m going to go to a local garden center and find you something really nice and interesting to work on but this may take some time [Music] so here we are I got lucky I have to visit several garden centers and it’s taken me a couple of hours but I’ve managed to find this lovely little Scots pine and the best bit to quick change 48 pounds for this tree so I think this is an absolute bargain you can see it’s nice and dense it’s nice and compact but foliage nice and close to the trunk and judging by the roots has been in this pot for a very long time so this tree is very well established first thing we need to do is start to remove all the old foliage and dead branches this quote here in this and as you can see the lots of dead needles old foliage obviously this tree is being relatively neglected for a while and so I’m just going to have to clean all this dead stuff out and prune away all the dead branches and hopefully by the end of that we should be able to see more or less what we’ve got in here [Music] [Music] the stage involves removing most of the dead needles and also with a bushy plant like this you get lots of small inner branches sort of died off so I’m just removing all those and as you can see there’s a couple of three years worth of dead needles in here so you can now see there’s absolutely loads and loads of junk come out of here and you can now begin to see into there then you can begin to see exactly what we’ve got he can see this dead needle litter and material that’s built up on the top of the soil that was put in this pot originally essentially buried some of these branches and so we just need to begin to so remove that and get down to the base of this tree so this point I’ve finished cleaning out the base of this tree and as you can see we got lucky there’s a nice little fat trunk and a and it’s called reasonable nebari so that gives us something to build upon so what I’m going to start doing that is begin to thin these branches and shorten some of these back what we do is remove the weak stuff inside we remove the very strong stuff in the end to keep the intermediate part that means that we can balance the health of the vigor of this tree from the top to the bottom because as you can see from these the growth here is much smaller than it is up here so we will need to remove more of this very strong stuff in favour of some of this weaker material lower down so that as I say the balance of the tree the vigor is restored combining three trunks like this into a coherent design is really very difficult but I’m gonna have a go of this is not perfect but I think we can make something of it but one of the things that’s the important is that we don’t end up with three trunks all exactly the same height but the three Pratt’s this one it’s the most interesting it’s got the best branch placement so I’m actually going to keep that one as the tallest one this one here is quite nice nicely placed branches but then we’ve got this strong straight piece here so we’ll just get rid of that and then at the back here same again we’ve got this one here it comes up nicely but then we’ve got again this long straightness in the top so by reducing those and this one when it’s wide it’s going to be the shortest one this one will be taller this one will be the ultimate apex of the tree and I think that’s going to enable us to incorporate all three of these trunks into the overall design it comes to preparing Scots pine for wiring what I like to do is remove third year needles and it’s relatively easy to identify those if you look along the branches you can see this year and you’ll say a break between this year and last year and then you’ve got the third year well the third year will naturally shed in the autumn but if as I’ve seen meant done many times you reduce the needle growth down to just the current seasons you will severely weaken the plant and that’ll jeopardize the short term future of it because these leaves are at solar panels the more of these we remove the less it’s going to be able to photosynthesize and produce energy and that obviously will reduce the amount of back budding that the tree produces in response to this pruning it also enables us to when we’ve finished create a nice full natural-looking image as much better than stripping too much foliage away when we do this work we always have to be concerned about the health of the tree it’s more important that we maintain the health of the tree up to a high standard rather than being overly concerned about how the tree looks in bonsai the health of the tree must always come first.
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All You Need to Know About Growing Bonsai
In the recent years, we have seen a surge of man-made yard in virtually every ball of our life. They have shown their feasibility for individual as well as company areas. A few to name are residence gardens, corporate parks, play grounds in institutions and also colleges as well as for other leisure parks.