Gardening Tips and Tricks : Making Your Bonsai Tree Look Older

Among bonsai tree enthusiasts, the age of the bonsai is very important. This does not have to be actual age, but the age that the tree looks. Since bonsai trees live for hundreds of years or more, growing one to that age yourself is impossible. So, that means that making your bonsai tree look older than what it really is, is an important part in the art of growing a bonsai tree. With the proper care and handling, you can make your five-year-old bonsai tree look closer to a five hundred year old bonsai tree. If you can accomplish this, you are doing well with your bonsai tree growing hobby.

Certain characteristics of your tree will make it appear to be older than what it really is. Tight foliage, branches open with angular bends, bark fractures and a domed crown will all make your bonsai tree appear older. If you start out with a bonsai tree that already has some of these characteristics, you will have less work to do in the long run. Yamadori bonsai trees are a popular choice for these characteristics. However, these trees do have their disadvantages. If you start out with a Yamadori, you will have to do heavy carving and heavy cutting to hide the removal of other branches. You must know that this is not an easy task. If you do anything incorrectly, you will never be able to fix your mistakes. If you are a beginner, you may not want to try this. Luckily, if you are not able to do this, there are things that you can do to advance the age of your bonsai. These things will take more time to have an affect than others will.

Shaping the crown of your bonsai will take time, but it is imperative if you are trying to make your tree look older. If you have ever looked upon a tree that is hundreds of years old, you probably noticed that they carry a domed crown. Constructing a proper crown will require that the apex of your bonsai should be constructed the same as any other branch. The supporting limp of the apex should come from below as opposed to the side. The poise of your bonsai’s branches should be taken into consideration when you know all about the species of your tree. Arching branches will not necessarily convey an impression of old age. The bark of the tree will be what speaks for your tree’s maturity the most. There are some species of bonsai that will retain a smooth bark texture for the course of their lives, but for the most part, a rough bark texture is necessary if you want your tree to appear aged.

Source by Fred Meyer

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