Bonsai Tools for Sale

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Bonsai trees require proper bonsai tools for pruning, cutting and trimming. These tools will not only help you get the desired shape of the tree but also make your job a lot easier and enjoyable. Since bonsai trees are grown for decorative and recreational purposes, the risk of using ordinary tools for the pruning cannot be taken because the substandard, conventional pruning tools can damage your bonsai tree in some way or another.

Always use sharp bonsai tools for pruning

The pruning tools have to very sharp and edgy so you can cut the unwanted branches and shrubs gently without any hustle. The sharp tools will give your tree a neat and tidy look.

Blunt blades, on the other hand, can leave ragged wounds on your tree or may cause to rip or tear a beautiful branch. The pruning tools have to be cleaned properly to prevent the outburst of diseases.

Make sure your bonsai tools are cleaned properly

The pruning tools have to be cleaned properly to prevent the outburst of diseases. When you use the same pruning tools for all the bonsai trees grown in your house, there are chances that they may catch up a disease from an affected tree and transfer it to another one.

Therefore, clean and shiny tools are imperative for a healthy and prosperous bonsai tree. The regular cleaning of the tool is also necessary for the shelf life of the tool itself. A clean tool will last for many more years than an average poorly maintained tool.

The essential bonsai tools for beginners

For the maintenance of a bonsai tree, special kind of tools are needed but they are not difficult to acquire. You can buy them easily from your near gardening center or nurseries. The following are the essential tools you will require to maintain your bonsai tree.

Pruning scissors

Pruning scissors are generally used for cutting small branches, shrubs or twigs. Use only those pruning scissors which require less pressure to cut and do not cause hand fatigue. Ideally, you need such sort of pruning scissor that can cut a twig in one go rather than in few steps.

Note: clean your pruning scissor regularly after every use if you want to make it usable for a long time and do not attempt to cut tough branches with these pruning scissors.

Concave and knob cutters

Concave and knob cutters are designed to cut tough or hard branches of bonsai tree. Concave cutter comes in many sizes and variations but generally it is the medium sized cutter that is used for removing hard and close to the trunk branches.

Do not use concave cutter to cut wires around the bonsai tree, it will immediately blunt it affect its functioning. Use the proper wire cutters advertised below. They are meant for cutting wires.

Bonsai wire cutter

Wires are used to maintain the shape of bonsai tree. If you want to remove a wire from any branch or the trunk, use a special tool called bonsai wire cutter for this purpose.

This cutter will help you unwind your wire smoothly without damaging the tree. You dont want to leave ugly scars on your plant by not removing the wire properly!

These wire cutters do a great job with helping you avoid that. They are cheap and effective, so get yourself a pair of these wire cutters.

Bonsai Root rake

Bonsai root rake is a tool required to loosen up the soil around the root. It ensures that tree is absorbing food easily without any hindrance. These root rakes are mostly available in either 2 or 3 rounded edges.

You can choose any of them depending on your need and preference. They all serve the same purpose, the one in the image advertised here is stainless steel root rake, so it will last longer.

Complete tool kit

Having a tool kit at your disposal will make your job a lot easier. When all of your bonsai tools are in a same place, you will feel a bit more relaxed and stress free.

The process of pruning or trimming will also become quicker when your all tools are placed in a single kit. This is especially important if you have a number of bonsai trees to prune.

Do yourself a favour and get the whole kit. It will save you time and money in the long run.

How to Bonsai a Tree

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Looking around, you can be fascinated by the beauty of nature – the flowers, the tall trees and in the garden the shrubs and the dwarfed plants known as bonsai trees. These miniature trees and plants may just be modifications but it is very mesmerising to see the aged foot-tall tree with small fruits. You may wonder how the Japanese could have come up to an art on how to bonsai trees.

Was this a product of ingenuous experimentation? The added class is enthralling, bringing joy to people who love plants. You see the dwarfed bonsai trees in decorative pots and jugs and they seem to be a good centre piece in the centre table in your living room. Indeed a bonsai tree is a pleasure to behold.

Learning how to bonsai a tree is not a difficult task. That is – if you are patient and determined on how to do it and how to care for the resulting miniature plants.

Bonsai and the skills on how to bonsai a tree

How to bonsai skill is learned. The secret in dwarfing the growing bonsai tree is on how you handle the roots. You should know how to cut the roots to curtail the plant from growing into its normal size. There should be symmetry in the branches of the bonsai tree and this requires knowledge on how the parts of the trees are pruned. And – like the normal sized plant or tree, they need adequate amount of water, sunlight, air and fertilizer.

Learning this Japanese art of tray planting requires learning the aesthetic form of small plants. The smallness of the container helps in stopping the plant to grow to its normal size. Pruning, growing and caring for the small bonsai tree are the basic techniques.

Even if you want the plant to retain a small size, that is bonsai, you do not deprive the plant of nutrients to make it live and grow small but beautifully and healthy. With the right type of soil, pot, water, fertilizer, sunlight and air, the miniature plant can possibly outlive one of its full size specie. The years in the life of a regular tree are also the length of time a bonsai tree of the same specie lives.

Starting a bonsai tree

Do not think that bonsai is a kind of hybrid dwarf plant. It is an ordinary tree restrained by techniques to achieve a full blown growth. Any plant can be made into a bonsai however the small leafed kinds of plants are most suitable for this purpose.

What you must have on hand to start a bonsai tree are the following – seeds and cuttings from young or full grown trees. When you plant the seed or cutting, you observe the proper way of making them grow. You cut some parts of the root, re-pot and prune then as it grows, tie a wire on the trunk and position the wire to your desired shape. The proper wiring of the trunk is the secret to the bonsai trees beautiful form and shape.

As you are not yet well-versed in this Japanese art, you ought to choose bonsai tree species that is easy to grow and maintain. Try to look for starter trees, consider the adaptability of the tree to your climate, specific needs of the tree as it grows and the planned location of the bonsai. Would you put it indoor or outdoor?

The right way to miniaturize a bonsai tree

If you want to succeed in dwarfing your plant, you see to it that you frequently transfer the growing tree from one pot to another and in the process, trim a little of the roots. Then the branches should be trimmed regularly. When you are learning how to bonsai a tree, it is also paramount that you learn that it is planted off-centre of the container.

Plant several bonsai trees in one tray, see to it that it follows the basic rule in gardening – heaven, earth and man planting position. And according to Japanese culture, a bonsai reflects truth, beauty and goodness. The arrangement of the bonsai tree in a large pot provides also a visual balance of relationship. This is the triangular pattern.

How to germinate seeds

Bonsai is better appreciated for their age and the aesthetic symmetry. It reflects a message of balance so when you try to learn how to bonsai a plant, integrate these concepts. The dwarfed plant can live for hundred years and you can even hand it down to future generations in the family.

Durban Bonsai Show 2014


The bonsai show in Durban this year was amazing! There were some really beautiful bonsai tree on display for everyone to see. The Show was held on the 29th and 30th of March 2014, at the golden hour school in Durban North.


Friendly crowd of bonsai enthusiasts

Many people showed up for the bonsai show, and there was a very friendly vibe with everyone discussing their bonsais and watching demonstrations done by experts on bonsai trees. It’s always refreshing to watch a professional bend a bonsai and give advice on how to prune your bonsai.


You could even bring your own tree for advice on how to style your tree and prune it. Everyone involved at the Durban bonsai show 2014 were interested and passionate in the art of bonsai and happy to help where they could with regards to bonsai trees.


Bonsai trees for sale

It wasn’t just a show where people came to display their bonsai trees, there were people from the local bonsai clubs that brought bonsai trees for sale and would help inexperienced bonsai buyers with pruning and shaping their new bonsai they had just bought. Once you had bought a new tree you could then move on to the next section of the show where they had an amazing range of ceramic bonsai pots which you could buy to repot your bonsai once you had taken it home. There were also a wide range of bonsai tools available for pruning, shaping and wiring your tree.


Thumbs up to local bonsai clubs

Well done to all the local bonsai clubs and owners of the trees on display, it was well organised and very interesting. Everyone that was there, was enjoying themselves, the friendly environment and of course looking at the amazing bonsai trees displayed