​The 1-2-3’s of Bonsai Tools

​The 1-2-3’s of Bonsai Tools

Posted by Bonsai Outlet on 18th Mar 2014

The beauty of Bonsai comes from deep within the plant as its health radiates natural form and function and its relationship to the onslaught of nature’s irregularity. A carefully trained bonsai appears to have been shaped by the elements, which makes this art a special type of magical illusion. In order to achieve this illusion some essential garden tools will save a great deal of effort and time.

Sculpting the vision you desire is much easier when you have the correct equipment, and with a wide range of available bonsai tools, it can be daunting for the new bonsai enthusiast to know which ones are a priority.

One of the most important tools needed for proper bonsai sculpting is a concave cutter which is names from the equipments ability to cut in a concave shape. Available in many different sizes, they are intended for the cutting of branches. The reason a concave cutter is such a vital tool is that it allows removal of branches in a way that encourages rapid healing for the branches. Without a concave cutter, cuts made to a branch are prone to develop and unsightly bump to form over the cut during the healing surface. It is likened to the difference of receiving a large gaping gash on your arm; if it receives stitches, the area will heal more neatly with a smaller scar…the concave cutter is like stitches for your bonsai.

The next must have item is a nice sharp pair of butterfly shears which is used often for pruning tasks and a range of other bonsai duties. They are capable of trimming areas of overgrown foliage as well as delicately cutting leaves and smaller branches with precision unavailable to fingers alone. This tool is best suited for trimming, cutting and pruning but is sharp and powerful enough to cut directly through branches that are strong and thick.

Finally, a root hook is in order. Though bonsai sculptors use traditional chopsticks for the task of de-tangling roots under the bonsai when it is very small or young, this tool is an ideal tool that prevents unintended damage to a more developed bonsai roots. Its an essential tool for repotting your bonsai.

So, now that you’ve got the 1-2-3’s….happy gardening! 

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