As your skills and confidence increases, you will want to add to your Bonsai tool collection.
Below are my top six must have tools.
They are great for getting into the middle of the branch structure for those hard to reach places.
I recommend this tool to anyone starting off with only small trees in mind.
You can of course use this for trimming branches of a certain size.
Please note if you do use these for trimming roots be careful as potting soil contains grit, stones etc that could chip the blades.
By using concave cutters it will help the tree heal and the new cambium to form.
I always try and make one clean cut if possible but if not I make two or even three cuts to tidy up the area.
Always a useful tool to have around.
You can also purchase larger versions for bigger gauge wire.
I don’t find them as good as the concave cutters but still a good tool to have in the box.
I always tell everyone on our One-to-One classes that the Chopstick is the most important tool.
It is used to remove soil at the start of the repotting process and again at the end to make sure you work the soil into the roots and fill in any air gaps.
- The most important task this month is watering. I generally water first thing in the morning and again in the evening when the sun has passed the trees.
- Continue to fertilise your trees.
- Wiring can be done again this month but be careful not to damage the fresh/new shoots.
- Soft wood cuttings can be taken on Elms and Maples.
There are two Bonsai shows this month.
The Cardiff Bonsai Show is on the 17th June and the Bristol Bonsai Show is on the 24th June (I will be there between 10am – 12pm).
Information on both shows can be found on the Events page.