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How long does it take to shape a bonsai?
To grow a bonsai from seed or sapling, be prepared to spend between five and 10 years stunting its growth before it's ready for more stylistic shaping and training. This process is notoriously arduous, and we recommend newer growers start with established specimens.
How do I keep my bonsai tree small?
Pruning: By cutting back new growth and shaping the canopy, you encourage smaller, denser growth at lower levels. Potting/root trimming: One of the key elements of bonsai is keeping your tree in a shallow container. This, along with regularly trimming the roots, restricts your tree's growth.
Do you need special scissors to cut bonsai?
Regular Scissors. Bonsai scissors or more commonly called the bonsai shears are sharper than regular scissors. They have a wider grip handle and small blades. Traditionally, in Japan, people use shears with a butterfly-shaped handle.