Bonsai Training - Bonsai Wiring

Bonsai training. Bonsai training wire and tools. Beginners guide to training bonsai trees. Basic bonsai wiring techniques. Beginners guide to wiring bonsai. How to wire a bonsai tree.



Bonsai training. A dwarf crepe mrytle trained with bonsai wire. This dwarf crepe myrtle is in bonsai tree training.

When growing and training bonsai, you won't always need to wire the trees. Some trees can be trained beautifully just by careful bonsai pruning.

Wiring is the next most commonly used method of training bonsai. You don't always have to wire the whole tree. A few branches may be enough depending on the effect you wish to achieve.

Bonsai Wiring

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Copper bonsai training wire is best to use as it is softer, easier to use and more attractive than some of the cheaper choices while it's in place.

If a tree's bark is easily marred, use paper coated bonsai wire to avoid damaging it.

Wire deciduous trees in early summer. Remove the wire that fall.

Conifers should be wired in the winter. They take longer to train so leave the wire in place for 12-18 months.

Protect the bonsai tree from hot afternoon sun and heavy rain for one month after wiring it.

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How to Wire Bonsai

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Anchor the wire on the bottom of the bonsai training pot. Wrap the bonsai wire around the tree from the base of the trunk upward.

Wind the wire at a 45 degree angle--more or less. Not tight enough to wound the bark, not loose enough to slip.

The wire will hold the trunk and branches in whatever position you bend them into.

When to Wire Bonsai

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Minor bonsai tree training can be performed year round. But the best time for wiring a bonsai tree is in the spring. This is when major changes to the trees natural shape should be made.

Whatever you do, do no allow the wire to become embedded in the bonsai tree's bark. Check the wires once a month to be sure they are loose enough to allow the branches to grow.

If not, remove them promptly. If the branch will not hold the desired shape, rewire it. No amount of rewiring will hurt the tree. But ripping away a wire which the bark has grown around will damage the branch.

If despite, your best efforts, some bonsai wire manages to become embedded in the bark; use a pair of bonsai wire cutters to remove ONLY the pieces of wire that are not stuck in the wood.

Your bonsai tree can grow to a ripe old age with a few bits of wire stuck in its trunk. Use the wire cutters to trim away the portions that stick out.

Bonsai Wire Cutters Made in China

Bonsai Wire Cutters Made in China

These wire cutters are designed specifically for removing bonsai wire. Although enthusiasts new to bonsai sometimes substitute standard wire cutters, these are designed with a rounded head to prevent damage to the trunk and branches when removing wires. The jaws of the cutters cut the wire symmetrically and cleanly. Highly recommended for bonsai enthusiast. 7-3/4" overall. $19.95 each.


Bonsai Training Wire 1.5 mm Aluminum Training Wire

Bonsai Training Wire 1.5 mm Aluminum Training Wire

Brown anodized aluminum training wire. 100 gram, 5" coil. 1.5mm diameter, approximately 68'


Bonsai Training Wire 4.5 mm Aluminum Training Wire

Bonsai Training Wire 4.5 mm Aluminum Training Wire

Brown anodized aluminum training wire. 100 gram, 5" coil. 4.5mm diameter, approximately 7'


Bonsai Training Wire 3.0 mm Aluminum Training Wire

Bonsai Training Wire 3.0 mm Aluminum Training Wire

Brown anodized aluminum training wire. 100 gram, 5" coil. 3.0mm diameter, approximately 17'


Bonsai Tree Branch Bonder - Large Size

Bonsai Tree Branch Bonder - Large Size

Tackle the training of any bonsai tree with this high quality branch bender. Using the push-pull effect will slowly bend and shape your bonsai tree branches. This tool is what you need when wire is not enough. Branch benders are able to exert powerful, yet gentle force on a branch so that the bonsai artist can bend it in the appropriate direction.





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