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TOPIC: New Bouganvaillea Bonsai

New Bouganvaillea Bonsai 1 month 2 weeks ago #37000

This is my first tree that I’ve changed from a shrub into a Bonsai.

It was grown in a large pot on top of a stone pillar that was part of a gate entrance.

The pot has been repurposed and I thought I could make a Bonsai out of the plant inside.

I’ve reduced many of this tree’s branches so that it would appear less as a shrub and more as a Bonsai. Especially those that were too long or growing upwards.

Any tips on how to make this into a decent Bonsai in the following years?

Looking for advice on training and shaping this tree.

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New Bouganvaillea Bonsai 4 weeks 1 day ago #37191

For flowering trees at this stage, don't keep a branch just because it has flowers at the end of it.

Especially for bouganvillea, as they don't grow compact branching or flowers easily.

Don't be afraid to cut back hard, even with flowers.

I can see this becoming an interesting bonsai in the future.
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New Bouganvaillea Bonsai 4 weeks 23 hours ago #37192

I assume you are in a country where you do not get temperatures below 10C as they do not like it. I would remove the thin branch as it is too low. I would if it was mine cut most branches even shorter than you have. It will take a few years but it a nice piece of material.
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