Leaf stripping and Pruning a Bonsai – Ulmus
This is the Bonsai before leaf stripping and pruning – Unruly and untidy
After leaf stripping my Bonsai
Start of unwanted branch pruning – Notice the strong leader shoot at the top.
Removal of leader shoot with Felco pruners
Tangle of lower branches on the Bonsai Ulmus tree – Requires ‘thinning out’
Finished thinning out – All crossover and unwanted branches removed
The Bonsai some two weeks later – New growth showing
All that is required now is the ‘pinching out’ of any unwanted new growth to keep the tree in check.
I carry out this Bonsai pruning and leaf stripping exercise twice a year.