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Topical Times – Some summer pruning in the classroom

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

Topical Times – Some summer pruning in the classroom

It’s great to see strong, bushy, healthy trees coming into the classroom. They are usually a bit lighter, and a bit smaller when they leave…..they fit in the car much easier for the journey home!

Often we need to prune to let more light and air in to the tree and to encourage back budding. We want to try and increase the density of the foliage clouds.

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Look at the spaces and structure which become visible once this Taxus Baccata has been pruned back.

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This Juniper Parsonii was a massive mound of foliage when it came out of the ground but it is now shaping up nicely with an amazing trunk that needs to be seen. The time has come to make a decision on the spruce… of the trunks simply had to go! It will soon be ready for it’s first wiring.

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe just how much you can remove from a small tree but this White Pine suddenly regains his shape and character.

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This Satsuki Azalea was in danger of reverting to a bush when it entered the classroom but after a thorough pruning and repotting once again it looks like a good bonsai. The Hornbeam was really too tall. It was taking the attention away from the lower hollow trunk which is it’s most attractive feature.

It’s one of the great things about doing bonsai classes…..I never know what I am going to be faced with until it enters the classroom………but then again the student never knows what he will be leaving with…..???