How to prune & wire a Ginkgo bonsai?

London Bridge London Other Home & Garden

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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. Constant trimming of new shoots will help to thicken the trunk of the ginkgo. During the early to late spring months 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. Keep in mind that unfortunately the ginkgo does not heal well or quickly from wounds and any incisions will leave visible scars. Pruning therefore should be thought about very carefully, wound paste should be used and producing large wounds should be avoided.

The ginkgo can be trained using wires all year round and the branches are quite flexible. The bark however is very delicate, and it is recommended to wire with care and check that the wires do not bite in which will leave scarring. 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. Ginkgo's are usually styled into the flame shape which suits its natural form the best and requires minimal wiring.

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