How to prune & wire a Ficus bonsai?

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Published on 17/10/2023


Pruning your bonsai is important not only to maintain or create an aesthetic style but to also ensure light and airflow can reach inner leaves and the Ficus tolerates pruning very well. The best time to prune is in late autumn and winter. To do this, use appropriate tools to cut back stems which have grown longer than four leaves, leaving the two leaves which are closest to the stem intact. Cover any larger cut wounds with a sealant to avoid losing too much sap. If you want to thicken your bonsai tree’s trunk, allow it to grow freely for one or two years.

Training your bonsai using wiring is best done during the later spring and summer months growing period when the stems and branches are easier to bend. Thin and medium Ficus branches are easy to manipulate due to their flexibility. We recommend using wires with a thickness that matches the thickness of the branch: if the wire you choose is too thick you will damage the bark. If it is too thin, it won’t be effective. With bigger branches, the use of guy wires is recommended since they can be left on for longer and smaller wires could cut into the bark.

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