Leaf stripping and Pruning a Bonsai – Ulmus

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Leaf stripping and Pruning a Bonsai – Ulmus

This is the Bonsai before leaf stripping and pruning – Unruly and untidy
Bonsai for leaf stripping

After leaf stripping my Bonsai

Bonsai for leaf stripping
Start of unwanted branch pruning – Notice the strong leader shoot at the top.

Bonsai leaf stripping
Removal of leader shoot with Felco pruners

Bonsai leaf stripping
Leader shoot removed

Bonsai leaf stripping
Tangle of lower branches on the Bonsai Ulmus tree – Requires ‘thinning out’

Bonsai Pruning
Thinning out

Bonsai Pruning
Finished thinning out – All crossover and unwanted branches removed

Bonsai Pruning



The Bonsai some two weeks later – New growth showing

Bonsai
All that is required now is the ‘pinching out’ of any unwanted new growth to keep the tree in check.
Bonsai Pinching out
I carry out this Bonsai pruning and leaf stripping exercise twice a year.

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