Hello, my name is Vinny and today’s story is about how this tiny seed changed into a bonsai tree in just 2 years. this tree is known as white lead tree in English and in India it is called as Su-babul in Hindi. it is an extremely fast growing tree and in many countries it is banned because it is considered as a weed. this tree was born in the pot, in pure garden soil and has survived the peak of my ignorance because I got started in bonsai at that time, around 2 years back. so let me show you some close-ups first and then I’ll tell you more about this this tree was almost 8 feet tall when i first cut it off, so it was chopped off at this height and now the wound has kind of healed nicely I have never wired this tree. I have always pruned it and kept it short and instead of wiring, what I have done actually is preferring to keep these branches downward facing, using twine and this twine has hooks like this, so these metal hooks, they pull the branch down and are inserted or pushed into one of the side holes.
So depending on how much tension I want, I can keep varying the position of the holes. so I kind of like it, the way it has come out now. of course, I will need to do some wiring also but for the time being the main branches are all held down in position with this. i somehow … personally, i don’t like wiring much. I have seen what good it can do but I have a slight aversion to it and besides, good quality wire, Aluminium wire is expensive. so there is a shortage of wire in my collection. so wherever I can get away with this kind of technique I do that but where wire is absolutely essential I do get into that. so this is mainly clip & grow technique and in one of the videos I saw Nigel Saunder’s of the Bonsai Zone explained that most of the amateur people what they’re doing is clip and clip. they are not allowing the plant to grow.
so this was a mistake which I was doing and I then corrected myself. so I clip and let it grow, then again clip, again let it grow because having read the styling techniques I was saying okay this branch is wrong or there are two at the same point and I would immediately go and prune it. so, as a result what happens is the plant is never allowed to grow, it’s always fighting this pruning disease. you have got to let the plant grow wild then clip, again let it grow wild then clip again. so that’s how it’s supposed to go. i was very naive. in part 2 of this video I’ll be covering the following things – .