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How to Grow Bonsai Trees : How to Care for your Bonsai Tree : Bonsai Maintenance

Here we have a small Chinese Elm that has kind of been in bonsai for quite some time and it needs a hair cut. What I’m going to show you right now, in this segment, is how we keep the tree small. So many times people ask is how do you keep the tree small. It’s very very simple. What we do is prune the tree, it’s very analogous to getting a hair cut. If we never cut our hair we’d probably have quite long hair. On trees, if we don’t prune these little trees they will grow up to be large trees. The process is really as simple as this. Here, all along, we thought that this was an ancient Chinese secret that as being withheld for a good reason. As you can see while I’m pruning, you can see the shape of the tree is getting restored. One of the secondary effects of pruning is that the tree leaves remain small.

You can see the scale just by the leaves against my fingers they’re quite small. Where as, if this tree were allowed to grow to its full potential in the ground it would have full size leaves. Another thing that doesn’t escape bonsai is weeds. Most of our bonsai trees live outdoors, so we use a sturdy pair of tweezers that’s very handy to remove the weeds without taking too much of our moss away. The moss looks kind of pretty looks like grass. It just looks a little tedious, if you were pulling weeds in your vegetable garden. I’m messing with these tweezers so I can get down very easily amongst the moss and remove the leaves.

And now she’s back and in good shape again and eager to grow a little more. .

Making $35,000 Bonsai Scissors

– When it comes to Japanese metal work, knives usually get all the glory. But in the city of Sakai, where blacksmithing goes back to the making of samurai swords in the 14th century, one craftsman has built a legacy on something a little different. Scissors to split paper, food, and, of course, Bonsai trees. This is Yasuhiro Hirakawa, who works under the brand Sasuke. – Hirakawa is a fifth generation scissor maker, and he has been doing it for half a century. He is the only traditional scissor craftsman left in all of Japan. – It takes Hirakawa a week or longer, working 10 hours a day, to make a pair of scissors- three to four times as long as making a knife; and that effort is reflected in the price. (hammering) – But what are you gonna do with scissors that expensive? To answer that, here’s Masakazu Yoshikawa, a craftsman of Bonsai.

(cheerful orchestral music) For a master like Yoshikawa, a key in crafting perfect Bonsai, is the perfect pair of scissors. (hammering) (snipping) (hammering) – And Yoshikawa still remembers his first pair of Sasuke scissors. (hammering) – But for Hirakawa, he’s only just gotten started. (hammering) .