I see this question asked a lot on various bonsai forums and, at times, on Facebook so I thought I would write and article about how I treat my azaleas post flowering. Before I get started, let me offer this little disclaimer:


This is by no means the only way to treat them or am I claiming that this is the right way. There is a lot of conflicting information out there on the ‘net about azaleas in bonsai culture.



I have always admired broom style bonsai trees, especially the elms.  What’s not to like? A nice flare at the bottom and spreading branches up top, spreading out to make a perfectly round canopy.  I have had this elm that was in a batch of seedlings (I mean really just a seedling, only about two inches tall) that I picked from


I have had this cork bark maple for a while and lately have been focusing on trying to make it look somewhat decent.  The spring flush is almost finished its push so I decided to thin it out and give it wiring to position the new growth.  I started by removing the unnecessary new growth, that which had sprouted in unneeded spots, particularly from the bottom of the main branches.


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