Leaving lower branches for Japanese Black Pine Bonsai


#1

Dear Jonas,

How much branches do you usually leave on small bonsai when you are growing sacrifice branches in order to get enough density for when you cut back to these branches?


(Jonas Dupuich) #2

I’ll leave any number of very small branches. As long as they are small enough to avoid swelling, 5 or even 10 branches isn’t too many.

I also consider where the branches emerge. In general I only need one or possibly a few branches in any given location.


#3

So to induce more branching would you decandle the central leader to even though you are trying to increase trunk thickness?


(Jonas Dupuich) #4

That’s the trade-off - if you need more branching, decandling and/or strong cutback is the best way to trigger new shoots. Thickening can then continue once the necessary branches are in place.

I’ve found this is a tricky topic in the abstract - feel free to post photos of trees you have questions about, if any.