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Bonsai Tools You Need To Look After Your Bonsai

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If you have only recently taken an interest in bonsai trees, you may not yet know that there are a variety of special tools to help you shape and take care of your bonsai tree. By bonsai tools, I don't mean such things as containers, fertilizers, and soil as these are the materials you will need to house your bonsai tree and make it grow, but rather the implements you will need for maintenance and grooming. These tools include the trimmers, cutters, bending jacks and more.

What specific tools are available for the bonsai gardeners? There is a concave cutter, a leaf trimmer, a wire cutter, a knob cutter, a rake with spatula, coir brush, a root hook, and some small, medium, and large shears. The concave cutter is the most common of bonsai tools and is used on larger branches. These cutters make a small cut in the trunk or branch which aids in the healing process. Like the other cutters, the edges must remain sharp in order to allow for a clean cut. You should avoid smashing the branches when you make a cut. a clean trim will reduce the chances of your bonsai tree contracting a disease through its freshly cut surface.

Bonsai Tools - Entire Set Set Includes 6 Tools

Bonsai Tools - Entire Set Set Includes 6 Tools

Set Includes 6 Tools  A. - Satsuki Shears #1068.Made in China. Long narrow body which is great for trimming buds and reaching deep with minimum disturbance to the surrounding foliage. It's finger rings are also well suited for smaller hands. 3/4" blades, 7" overall. $14.95 each. Buy separately.

B. - Concave Branch Cutter #1070. (Beginner) This razor sharp tool is designed for cutting branches flush to the trunk. The resulting wound can then heal over quickly with very little scarring. Will keep a sharp edge indefinitely when properly used and cared for. The Concave Cutter is the single most important tool for bonsai use and for which there is no substitute. The 8" version is considered the basic size. 8" overall. Similar in appearance to above. Made in China. $23.95 each. Buy separately.

C. - Bonsai Wire Cutters #1071. Made in China. These wire cutters are designed specifically for removing bonsai wire. Although enthusiasts new to bonsai sometimes substitute standard wire cutters, these are designed with a rounded head to prevent damage to the trunk and branches when removing wires. The jaws of the cutters cut the wire symmetrically and cleanly. Highly recommended for bonsai enthusiast. 7-3/4" overall. $19.95 each. Buy separately.

D. - Shears #1073. (Beginner) Made in China. Similar in appearance to above $19.95 each. Buy separately.

E. - Spherical Knob Cutter #1445. Made in China. Designed to remove trunk knobs and roots. The head is shaped like a ball, hence the name "spherical." It produces a hollow, circular cut that heals quickly with a minimum of scarring. 7" long. $16.95. Buy separately.

F. - Single Point Root Rake #1075 Used to separate small and medium sized capillary roots during transplanting and repotting. Has a single steel prong. Simple, yet a necessary tool for bonsai enthusiasts. Made in Japan. 8" overall. $16.95 each. Buy separately.

Other tools include scissors, branch bending jacks, bamboo chopsticks, and wire pliers and shears for detailing. Wiring it used to shape the trunk of a bonsai tree and as such is must have bonsai tool. In general, wires used are either copper or anodized aluminum.

What are the chopsticks for? They are used to sift new soil into the existing soil. They are also employed in seperating the old roots from the root ball to allow for ease of pruning.

The branch and root scissors are used to cut the bonsai tree branches and roots. Both again require a sharp edge to ensure clean cuts. Do not use them interchangeably. Root scissors tend to dull faster than those used on branches, so you will want to keep them separated to assure you use the right pair.

These are the basic bonsai tools which aide in the promotion of new soil with the old soil, trimming, pruning and shaping your tree. Grooming is just as important to bonsai care as watering and fertilization.

If you maintain your bonsai tools and pay attention to what your tree needs, you will produce a thriving bonsai tree that can become a family heirloom.

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