I just read a recent post where Jonas mentioned ramification as one of the benefits of defoliation. I have read this on other bonsai websites also. But I have also read on other bonsai websites that this is unfounded and that defoliation does nothing to help with ramification. How can it? Merely cutting leaves off of a branch would not make the branch ramify with new branches, only new, smaller leaves.
So, I am wondering if this is just a ‘wives tale’, or is there some science behind defoliation helping ramification.
PS: if this topic has already been discussed in the archives, please forgive the repeat.