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How do i k ow when to start pruning and wiring? 4 years 9 months ago #50843

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Hi I'm April and I'm new here. I have a 2 month old Delonix Regia. I'm just wondering when i can start wiring my Bonsai and how do I do that?

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How do i k ow when to start pruning and wiring? 4 years 9 months ago #50844

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You're going to get reprimanded for posting in the wrong place...

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In about five years

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Hello, April!
You will have to wait so the trunk gets woody and some branches start to form.
Perhaps not 5 years to start wiring it if you live in a warm climate, but surely it will take a few years.
It's still a seedling, and not a bonsai yet.

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I wire my seedlings as soon as they are say 10cm tall. This gives movement to the young trunk. It is called baby bending.
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I wire my seedlings as soon as they are say 10cm tall. This gives movement to the young trunk. It is called baby bending.


Do you do that with all your seedlings? I did it with pines when they were young, but found that I can still easily wire and bend them, and now that they're older it's less risky.
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... that they're older it's less risky.

I don’t know.. I rather risk 20 seedlings than 1 bit more developed tree.. :dry:

I’ve read LB’s Baby bending article and used on my lemon seedlings. Worked well until now : )

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... that they're older it's less risky.

I don’t know.. I rather risk 20 seedlings than 1 bit more developed tree.. :dry:

I’ve read LB’s Baby bending article and used on my lemon seedlings. Worked well until now : )


I was referring to evergreens like pines and junipers. The ones I have can still easily be bent - and now that they're older and stronger, it's less risky.
I am not referring to deciduous ones. It makes sense to wire these when young.
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... that they're older it's less risky.

I don’t know.. I rather risk 20 seedlings than 1 bit more developed tree.. :dry:

I’ve read LB’s Baby bending article and used on my lemon seedlings. Worked well until now : )


I was referring to evergreens like pines and junipers. The ones I have can still easily be bent - and now that they're older and stronger, it's less risky.
I am not referring to deciduous ones. It makes sense to wire these when young.

Sorry... misreads :)

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I am not referring to deciduous ones. It makes sense to wire these when young.


Ahann...
Mixed feelings (and experiences) here.
I have baby bent some Jacarandás and Flamboyants (Delonix Regias) last Spring and the bends where the apexes were wired down (before having branchlets formed to serve as new leaders) either died, or developed emergency leaders (new growth) and left the bent parts to dry up.
I guess structural baby bends over the stems/trunks are OK, but radical bends such as the ones I have tried are risky. At least in my experience.

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