Taking care of a potted bonsai isn’t very easy. This plant requires special care and attention.
Cutting the bonsai is one of the essential elements for its survival.
Steps you need to follow:
Cutting the bonsai is done, first of all, to give it a beautiful shape. This is the reason why it’s very important to know how to cut the branches properly.
As with other plants such as olive tree or cherry tree, the cutting is done to remove dry or damaged branches.
Usually, the best time for bonsai cutting is the end of winter, because this is its resting period.
As a general rule, concave cutting is recommended for primary branches because it’s the best and fastest way to treat its damaging. Straight cuts leave a beak, which, besides being unsightly, lasts longer to heal and may endanger the health of the bonsai tree.
In the case of secondary branches it’s preferable to make concave cuts. If we only want to shorten the branches of a bonsai tree so that it can adapt or achieve the shape we want, we have to do the diagonal cutting up. Cutting straight or perpendicular takes a long time to heal, and diagonally down should never be done.
When the cuts we make cause large or normal injuries during the cutting process, it’s convenient to cover them with sealing paste to heal properly.
Cutting the bonsai tree, essential for healthy growth
In addition to removing damaged branches, cutting the bonsai is important for its good development. Thanks to the regeneration and growth capacity, we can achieve the cutting of the roots to stimulate their development.
We can cut the roots only when we need/want denser and more compact roots. For this, we need to do a great cut for the longest roots. With this root cut we encourage the bonsai tree to develop fibrous roots.
However, other roots grow quickly, so it’s necessary to perform the cutting for growth control.