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Jade Bonsai Suggestions 2 months 2 weeks ago #71559

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I have a relatively old Jade bonsai that I have let grow sort of freely with minimal pruning (only branches going in or across etc. I am about at the height I want and at a crossroads for what to do to get to my final shape.

It is looking like a triple/quadruple trunk at the split so I’m afraid I need to cut back 2/3 of the secondary branches to get a core main one to stand out. Some suggestions say wire them down but by bit but I just don’t think it will help develop how I want nor does it look right. Looking for a Jim smith style. Pictures of mine attached along with what I want to go for.
Looking for suggestions please.

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Jade Bonsai Suggestions 2 months 2 weeks ago #71563

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Crassula is a succulent, not a tree. Hence cannot be wired.

Your reference photo is a tree decades older than yours. If you aim for that it is better to let your tree grow freely until trunk thickness is close to your final design.

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Jade Bonsai Suggestions 2 months 2 weeks ago #71576

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This Portulacaria afra is a nice specimen. To place branches, probably best bet is to use guy-wires instead of wiring the branches. Besides that, let it grow in full sun, with plenty of fertilizer and water in the hot period of the year.
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Jade Bonsai Suggestions 2 months 2 weeks ago #71579

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Jades are primary styled by cut and growth. Wire cannot change direction of succulents.

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Jade Bonsai Suggestions 2 months 2 weeks ago #71581

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Tropfrog wrote: Jades are primary styled by cut and growth. Wire cannot change direction of succulents.


Notable exception being the species shown here.

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Jade Bonsai Suggestions 2 months 2 weeks ago #71582

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Mac A wrote: Looking for suggestions please.


adamaskwhy.com/2012/08/22/dwarf-jade-portulacaria-afra/

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Jade Bonsai Suggestions 2 months 2 weeks ago #71588

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Thanks y’all, I will try guy wires. Any specific suggestions for which branches to start to lead down and which to cut? Should I pick one to use as the main trunk.

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