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Tips, tricks, and ideas 8 months 3 weeks ago #80967

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Hey there fellow Bonsai enthusiasts,

I'm new to the intriguing hobby of growing "trees in pots" and I need your help.

You see, I had a stroke awhile back that rendered my left arm and hand for the most part useless. When I became interested in Bonsai I had no idea just how intense it could be in regards to manual dexterity. I had a very simplistic view of the whole process and knew nothing of the intricacies of wiring a tree. I thought it was going to be easy to water a plant, trim it every so often and feed it when needed. Boy was I wrong!

What I need is ideas, tools, and methods geared to one handed people that will aid me to accomplish my goal of building my own tree.

Thank you in advance for all your help and advice.

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Tips, tricks, and ideas 8 months 3 weeks ago #80969

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You don't need to wire the tree. Go for clip and grow instead. Can be done one handed.
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Tips, tricks, and ideas 8 months 3 weeks ago #80982

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When you decide for a clip-and-grow appraoch, which I agree would be feasible, look for species that take well to pruning and backbud well. Olive, Privet, hornbeam, ficus are all good species when it comes to broadleaf. Taxus is good for coniferous.
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