Maintaining and developing your tree can be carried out in two ways:
Using bonsai pruning scissors or leaf cutters, prune new growth regularly in the growing season to maintain the desired shape. Allow shoots to develop 4-6 new leaves then cut back to 2. New growth on conifers should be pinched out using a twisting movement with the thumb and forefinger.
Using specialist bonsai training wire, the style of your bonsai can be developed by shaping the branches into the desired position. Coil an appropriate thickness wire around the branch, bend the two together and the wire will hold the branch in position. After a suitable period the wire can be removed using wire cutters and the branch will remain in place. Always remember to remove the wire before it starts to cut into the bark.
Tomorrow : Bonsai Accessories