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Bonsai Tools You Need To Look After Your Bonsai

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If you have only recently taken an interest in bonsai trees, you may not yet know that there are a variety of special tools to help you shape and take care of your bonsai tree. By bonsai tools, I don't mean such things as containers, fertilizers, and soil as these are the materials you will need to house your bonsai tree and make it grow, but rather the implements you will need for maintenance and grooming. These tools include the trimmers, cutters, bending jacks and more.

What specific tools are available for the bonsai gardeners? There is a concave cutter, a leaf trimmer, a wire cutter, a knob cutter, a rake with spatula, coir brush, a root hook, and some small, medium, and large shears. The concave cutter is the most common of bonsai tools and is used on larger branches. These cutters make a small cut in the trunk or branch which aids in the healing process. Like the other cutters, the edges must remain sharp in order to allow for a clean cut. You should avoid smashing the branches when you make a cut. a clean trim will reduce the chances of your bonsai tree contracting a disease through its freshly cut surface.

Bonsai Tools - Entire Set Set Includes 6 Tools

Bonsai Tools - Entire Set Set Includes 6 Tools

Set Includes 6 Tools  A. - Satsuki Shears #1068.Made in China. Long narrow body which is great for trimming buds and reaching deep with minimum disturbance to the surrounding foliage. It's finger rings are also well suited for smaller hands. 3/4" blades, 7" overall. $14.95 each. Buy separately.

B. - Concave Branch Cutter #1070. (Beginner) This razor sharp tool is designed for cutting branches flush to the trunk. The resulting wound can then heal over quickly with very little scarring. Will keep a sharp edge indefinitely when properly used and cared for. The Concave Cutter is the single most important tool for bonsai use and for which there is no substitute. The 8" version is considered the basic size. 8" overall. Similar in appearance to above. Made in China. $23.95 each. Buy separately.

C. - Bonsai Wire Cutters #1071. Made in China. These wire cutters are designed specifically for removing bonsai wire. Although enthusiasts new to bonsai sometimes substitute standard wire cutters, these are designed with a rounded head to prevent damage to the trunk and branches when removing wires. The jaws of the cutters cut the wire symmetrically and cleanly. Highly recommended for bonsai enthusiast. 7-3/4" overall. $19.95 each. Buy separately.

D. - Shears #1073. (Beginner) Made in China. Similar in appearance to above $19.95 each. Buy separately.

E. - Spherical Knob Cutter #1445. Made in China. Designed to remove trunk knobs and roots. The head is shaped like a ball, hence the name "spherical." It produces a hollow, circular cut that heals quickly with a minimum of scarring. 7" long. $16.95. Buy separately.

F. - Single Point Root Rake #1075 Used to separate small and medium sized capillary roots during transplanting and repotting. Has a single steel prong. Simple, yet a necessary tool for bonsai enthusiasts. Made in Japan. 8" overall. $16.95 each. Buy separately.

Other tools include scissors, branch bending jacks, bamboo chopsticks, and wire pliers and shears for detailing. Wiring it used to shape the trunk of a bonsai tree and as such is must have bonsai tool. In general, wires used are either copper or anodized aluminum.

What are the chopsticks for? They are used to sift new soil into the existing soil. They are also employed in seperating the old roots from the root ball to allow for ease of pruning.

The branch and root scissors are used to cut the bonsai tree branches and roots. Both again require a sharp edge to ensure clean cuts. Do not use them interchangeably. Root scissors tend to dull faster than those used on branches, so you will want to keep them separated to assure you use the right pair.

These are the basic bonsai tools which aide in the promotion of new soil with the old soil, trimming, pruning and shaping your tree. Grooming is just as important to bonsai care as watering and fertilization.

If you maintain your bonsai tools and pay attention to what your tree needs, you will produce a thriving bonsai tree that can become a family heirloom.

News About Bonsai Tools

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

The art of bonsai, as practiced in Sonoma County
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Lukrich is a practitioner of the art of Bonsai, growing trees in small pots and, through meticulous training and trimming using specialized tools and based on ancient principles, turning them into living sculptures. The Santa Rosa architect has been ...


5 things to do around Ann Arbor this weekend: see Lindsay Lou and the ...
This show, now in its fifth decade, showcases more than 100 bonsai grown by club members. Also, bonsai demos, expert advice, and a sale of trees, soil, tools, pots, and other supplies. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at U-M Matthaei ...

The Providence Journal

Open doors for week beginning Aug. 22
The Providence Journal
Or, bring tools and a project and join the library's beading enthusiasts group Thursday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to noon. Programs are free. 364-6211; crossmills.org. Lectures/workshops. "Taking the Mystery Out .... 22, at 1 p.m. The tours are free with ...

The Providence Journal

Open Doors for Aug. 15
The Providence Journal
15, at 10 a.m. She will talk about how to reduce the pain and strain of gardening through proper tool use and body mechanics. The cost is $25. Learn the basics of bonsai design in a bonsai workshop Wednesday, Aug. 19, 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will ...

The Providence Journal

Open Doors listings for Aug. 1
The Providence Journal
Participants will learn the history, methods and tools used in bonsai pruning, styling, potting and aftercare for the tropical bonsai. Students will make their own beginner tropical tree to take home. Instruction, bonsai plant, tools, soil and pot are ...

P.J. Bremier's Fine Living: Friends honor late gardener at her Fairfax 'park'
Marin Independent Journal
The Marin Bonsai Club will have an auction of bonsai material, pots, tools and books at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Marin Society of Artists Building at the Marin Art & Garden Center at 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Ross. For details go to www.marinbonsai.org.

5 Things to do in the Parkway
Wicked Local West Roxbury
Movie nights. Escape the late summer heat and watch a movie at the Blue Hills Bank branch, located at 1920 Centre St. in West Roxbury. The movies will take place on the following days and times: Aug. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”.

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Huffington Post

Anatomy Lessons With Alexandra Kleeman
Huffington Post
And that in some ways makes more psychological sense than being able to worry and care for your face all the time, and having this array of tools to look at it and see it better, and correct little things that definitely don't have functional value ...


After their house burned and was looted, Fountain Valley family finds some ...
That tender loving care is still evident, even in the house's skeletal remains: the brick walkway, the smooth adobe stucco, the peaceful Japanese garden and bonsai tree out front, the bronze mailbox with the Pony Express sculpture. A fountain lies in ...

New Orleans home and garden calendar, Aug. 8-29, 2015
The New Orleans Advocate
PELICAN GREENHOUSE PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to noon, City Park's Pelican Greenhouse, off of Henry Thomas (Golf) Drive and south of I-10 overpass. The sale includes gingers, salvias, roses, herbs and more. Free. (504) 483-5464, [email protected] for a full ...

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