Growing bonsai can be very interesting. One process that you need to master in this art is bonsai wiring. Being an indispensable process, you need to know what exactly it is and how you can go about it so your bonsai making activity can be a pleasure and a success!
Bonsai wiring is a necessary step in the process of bonsai making. It is because through wiring, you can be able to easily create various designs for your bonsai plant. It is in this process that you can express our ideas how you want your bonsai plant looks like. This is where your imaginations and artistry work. Thus, it is necessary to know the needed technique to wire your bonsai plant in such a manner that you can do it successfully.
Bonsai wire and wiring techniques are essential pieces of information to ensure that your bonsai tree grows to the desired shape you wish to obtain. If the wrong wire or technique is applied dangers of branches breaking and the tree dying all together greatly increases. Thus this information is essential for any serious grower.
Some things to know about bonsai wiring
There are certain things you must know about bonsai wiring. A wire refers to a soft, manageable and safe tie material used in shaping the bonsai plant into the desired design of the maker. It is one of the essential tools in the making of a bonsai plant. Bonsai wires, as they are generally termed, can be a copper or aluminum. As it is too important to use the appropriate wire for bonsai making, you should be sure that you knew the malleability of your chosen wire.
It is therefore important that the wire you must choose for this purpose should be one that which have more power to hold your bonsai plant. Although aluminum wires are too easy to use than copper wires and they are reusable, the latter hold plants more than the former. Thus, the best thing to use in bonsai wiring is an anodized aluminum wire. The thickness and sizes of wires vary. So, you need to use the wires which are compatible to the size of the branch or trunk to be wired.
In bonsai wiring, the usual choice of experts settles on the wires which have the thickness equivalent to 1/3 in diameter of the trunk or the branch that is to be shaped. If you feel that the only available you have for wiring your bonsai plant is too thin for your plant, you can double wrap the wire or simply apply two pieces of wire to your desired strength. Well now, you can start wrapping your plant with the proper wires you have.
But first you must know that only healthy trees or plants can be wired. Bonsai wiring may cause the wood or tree to be stressed and damaged due to prolong bending. Now, this is what you should do: Choose your plant for your bonsai making. Think of your desired design. Try to bend the tree or the trunk to determine how far it can go. Do it carefully. Then start wrapping the trunk with you wires to your desired design.
There are two types of bonsai wire that you can find, copper and aluminum wire. Depending on the tree type and the size you will have to choose your wire accordingly. In most cases aluminum wire is preferred as it can be reused and is easier to manage than copper wire. Yet copper wire has more power to shaping harder and tougher branches. Some trees might have adverse reactions to either copper or aluminum and thus some research to your specific plant is a must.
More on Bonsai Wiring and Wire
Some bonsai trees don’t require the usage of bonsai wire, as it will naturally grow into a desired style. Yet if wire is required then it is very important to know which tree reacts to which metal. In the case of Juniper trees iron and aluminum can be harmful to the plant, and in the case of azalea copper can be considerably damaging to the tree. So if you need to wire your tree for any particular reason, be absolutely sure about what metal affects your tree.
When applying bonsai wire to your tree be very careful, as too much pressure or strain could easily break the branches and leave you with the shadow of a bonsai tree. The correct procedure for wiring your bonsai tree is to grab the branch with one hand and to begin to wire from the base up going counter clockwise. When you reach the end be sure to fasten the wire so it does not come loose over time. Anchor the wire to a solid point and allow it to grow over time in that direction.
There are also recommendations prior to applying bonsai wire in order to have a quicker response from the tree. After you have successfully applied the wire, leave your plant in the shade for approximately three weeks, allowing it to grow in the diameters you desire and not attempting to reach the sun. By doing wiring in the summer time the directional growth will be faster as the tree grows faster in these months. Also try to not water your bonsai a day before applying the wire as this will give a bit more flexibility to the branches lessening your chances of a branch breaking considerably.
As you decide on what bonsai wire is the best for your plant, and by carefully following the steps mentioned above, you could shape your bonsai tree in pretty much any manner you desire. Know that bonsai wire can be purchased in many weights and depending on the size of your tree, purchase accordingly. There are many elements to consider when wiring your bonsai, but with careful planning and a diligent green thumb your bonsai tree will bend and shape in all its glory. Information and the know-how will make your bonsai flourish with artistic splendor.
You must be very careful and observant when you do your bonsai wiring. You should prevent too much strain on the branch or trunk to avoid breakage. Great precaution is needed not to leave scars on the wood as they take time to heal. If you’re doing your wiring during the spring time or summer seasons, it will be good for you. Be a successful bonsai plant maker. Do it with pleasure and fun!