If you post the question, “Should I seal the wounds on my tree after I prune?” or, “What wound sealer do you use?”, you will get many different opinions.  Anything from, “I don’t use any at all, it is not needed.”, to, “I seal everything.”  What should an aspiring bonsai artist do?  Is there a middle ground?  I personally think that sealing wounds is a good idea and helps them heal quicker.  I don’t seal everything, unless it is and azalea, just larger wounds on a trunk or the ends of pruned branches that are larger than 1/8 inch.


No bonsai site would be complete without bonsai soil article, so here is what I use and it works great, your mileage may vary…


Mention bonsai soil on any of the bonsai forums on the internet and you will virtually start a war! Everyone has their own special mix that they claim is the bomb. You’ll hear akadama, kanuma, Boon’s mix, pumice, lava, etc., etc., etc. Then, there is Turface, don’t dare mention it, you will get flogged. My best recommendation to newcomers to the hobby is to seek out others in your area that have been practicing the art for a while and see what they are using. If their trees are healthy and growing well, use that soil.


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