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Topical Times – Student Blogger…..Hanby Pruning!

A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..

Topical Times – Student Blogger…..Hanby Pruning!

This article was written by one of my students and it is the first time I have published an article written by a guest blogger! I must confess I do find it hard to relate to the subject matter of this particular blog and hope that my students will be able to enlighten me on future classes.


I recently realised there are 3 types of pruning:
Minimal, Moderate & Hanby

Minimal – a classic example of this is removing mainly foliage & very occasionally a strayIMG_6982 branch to enhance the shape of the bush/tree. Box hedging if maintained regularly will require minimal pruning.

Moderate – again this requires mainly foliage pruning but it may also be necessary to remove several branches at certain times of year. Many garden shrubs/ trees require this type of pruning to keep the gardens appearance appealing.

Hanby – this type of pruning is called Bonsai. Removal of almost all foliage & branches. Hanby pruning requires an expert eye to observe the trunk IMG_6984of the tree/ shrub & removing everything to expose this!!

Hanby pruning ….. Only for the experts!