Creating a Pine Bonsai

Creating a Pine Bonsai

This plant is a Japanese white pine,  also known as the Pinus parviflora. It is about 5 years old and it was purchased  in a Bonsai store for around $50 US. In this movie I’ll show you how to  create a bonsai from this nursery stock. After pruning, wiring and  repotting, this was the result. For styling this tree, we’ll use a twig shear,  a concave cutter, a wire cutter and a jin plier. As you can see, the trunk of this  pine is still quite flexible, which will enable us to make an interesting  curve in the trunk using Bonsai wire. But first we take a moment to study the  tree form all sides, including the roots. This is important in order to be able to decide  on what the best front of the tree will be. As you can see, the roots look healthy,  and the tree is ready to be styled. We use a thick wire to bend the trunk, and stick  one end of the wire into the root mass as anchor. The wire is applied at an  angle of about 45 degrees. Next, we wire the main branches of the tree. We try to select pairs of branches that  are more or less the same thickness, and wire these with one piece of wire. In between the two branches, make  sure to wrap the wire at least once around the trunk (or main branch) for stability. On some places on the trunk there are too many  branches, so we will remove a few of these. We also remove dangling growth,  to prepare the tree for wiring. Deciding on the design of a Bonsai isn’t  always easy, try to apply the pruning guidelines we just mentioned, to your own trees. If you are interested to learn more about these techniques, consider enrolling in  one of our online Bonsai courses. Here, expert teachers explain the relevant  techniques, and you can ask them questions. For a free lesson, go to bonsaiempire.com/courses To make the tree appear a bit older, we are  removing the bark off these pruned branches. These barkless branches are  called “Jin” in Japanese. To reduce the current height of  the tree, we are removing the existing apex, and we will use these  smaller branches as the new apex. Keep your thumb on the inside of  the curve that you are creating, to make sure the branch does not break. Now we prepare the pot, by covering  the drainage hole with a mesh. We also attach a long wire, which will be  used to anchor the tree to the pot firmly. Ok, so we have pruned and wired the pine and we  already worked a little on the roots. Now we chose to not touch the roots too much because we already  did some pruning and wiring, and we do not want to do too much at the same time. So in this case  we only removed a small part of the old roots. We will be planting it in a relatively large pot.  Two years later we’ll work towards a smaller pot, but for now this is the size we’re using. And the  planting angle will be more or less like this, so that means that we still have to work  on this section a little bit more. The soil mixture we use is a blend of Akadama, Lava rock and Pumice. You can read more about  Bonsai soil on our website: bonsaiempire.com Alright we have finished styling the tree, we have  pruned and wired it and done a very mild repotting and placed it in this relatively large  pot. Since it is late fall right now, we’ll make sure to protect  it from frost in winter. Lastly, after the repotting  we water the tree twice, to make sure the entire root mass is watered. Learn how to create your own Bonsai trees, by  enrolling in one of our online Bonsai courses. We explain techniques like  pruning wiring and repotting, and you can ask questions to the teachers. For the curriculums and free lessons, go to: bonsaiempire.com/courses

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