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Can training wires be reused? 5 months 1 week ago #68627

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I just removed the wires on one of my bonsai. I was wondering if I could reuse them to train new trees? If not, can I still use them to anchor a tree to a pot or to hold down the mesh? I would hate to see used wires go to waste.

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Can training wires be reused? 5 months 1 week ago #68629

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Aluminium? Yes. Cooper or steal, no.
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Can training wires be reused? 5 months 1 week ago #68637

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Tips how to straiten you wire @ 23:23

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Can training wires be reused? 5 months 1 week ago #68638

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Tropfrog wrote: Aluminium? Yes. Cooper or steal, no.


I have aluminum. They actually seem to be reusable.

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Can training wires be reused? 5 months 1 week ago #68639

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Wes V. wrote:

Tropfrog wrote: Aluminium? Yes. Cooper or steal, no.


I have aluminum. They actually seem to be reusable.


Yes, to a certain extend. Aluminium gets eeaker and weaker every time you bend but keeps its ability to hold the branch.. So reuse until it breaks.

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Can training wires be reused? 5 months 1 week ago #68660

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To reuse the wire you have to take it off in one long piece. This can be hard to do without tearing the bark.

You put the wire on (usually) before leaves come out, then when unwinding a couple of months later you have to unwind between new twigs, and again avoiding damage is pretty hard.

Usually it is better to cut it off. Recycling little pieces is possible, but the price makes it hardly worth the gas.
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Can training wires be reused? 5 months 1 week ago #68730

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I do both. Yesterday I spent a few hours unwiring and I find myself uncoiling thin wire, cutting thick wire and cutting in awkward places. Longer pieces usually get re-used once, after which I find it too brittle to use AND with too many little curves.

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Can training wires be reused? 1 day 1 hour ago #73207

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Yes you can re use. put one end in a vice & grab the other end with a pair of pliers & give it a quick yank. It will

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