Articles on Pruning, Trimming, and Pinching

Basic Bonsai Refinement

By Jim Smith, USA

When pinching always keep in mind the shape you are trying to create and pinch accordingly. When looking at the branch from the top it should have a triangular appearance as in Fig. 1. The side view Fig. 2 will have a flat bottom with no branches extending downward the top should be contoured so that the highest part of the silhouette is closest to the trunk. The end of the branch will taper to a point.