Bonsai by Chen Naiyong

You’re probably intrigued about how to mold your tree into a living sculpture, aren’t you? Well, dear friend, let me guide you through three popular wiring techniques. They’re simple, effective, and yes, a tad bit funny when you think about it – it’s like giving your plant a tiny makeover!

Trunk Wiring

Remember: Patience is key. And a good wire.

Step 1: Opt for a wire that’s just the right thickness. Dig one end deep into the soil, as close as you can get to the trunk. It’s like planting a tiny flag pole, but without the flag.

Step 2: Starting from the base, gently wrap the wire around the trunk. Ensure the wire snuggles close and wraps at a slight angle. And oh, don’t harm the roots or the soil around it. They don’t like that.

Step 3: Continue upward, making sure your wire wraps are evenly spaced. Think of it as spiraling upwards at a 45° to 55° angle.

Step 4: For those big dramatic bends, you might need double the power! Use two wires for extra strength. When wiring pine trees, keep those two wires side by side, like best buddies climbing a tree.

Branch Wiring

Because sometimes it’s the little branches that steal the show.

Step 1: Start with primary branches. Attach a thick wire to the main trunk or a sturdy neighboring branch, and wind it along. Pro tip: Plan your wiring path for the secondary branches beforehand. It makes the next steps a breeze!

Step 2: For branches of the same thickness, use a medium-thickness wire. It’s like pairing socks – you don’t want one thick and one thin!

Step 3: When you’re getting to the thinner tertiary branches and twigs, switch to a finer wire. Stick to using no more than two wires on each branch. It’s not a rave party; less is more!

Whole Tree Wiring

For the times when your bonsai needs an all-around makeover.

Step 1: Pair-wire the primary branches. Make sure you’ve got at least one full loop around the trunk for stability.

Step 2: For the thick branches, you might go solo with the wiring. Start the wire lower on the trunk, securing it with two loops as its anchor.

Step 3: Use a medium-thickness wire for medium branches. It’s like Goldilocks, but for wires.

Step 4: For those stubborn lower trunks that just won’t bend, bring out the big guns – use a much thicker multi-strand wire.

Remember, the best time to wire is usually between May to June, when nature is awake and buzzing. But hey, anytime you decide to embark on this bonsai journey, it’s the right time. So grab that wire, channel your inner artist, and may your bonsai flourish under your tender touch!

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