Flowering Shohin-bonsai are a challenge for many Shohin-bonsai growers. The shaping of flowering and/or fruit bearing trees or shrubs are most often deeply connected with the nature of the flowering tree. Fruits or berries are the outcome of flowers; therefore the flowers must be present and preserved to develop fruits. Not all flowers develop fruits or berries of interest, but the Crab Apple is an example of fruits of beauty and therefore worthwhile to strive for when searching for a flower and/or fruit bearing tree.
The challenge is to be able styling the bonsai in a satisfying shape preserving the trees ability to develop flower buds. By pruning often the flower buds are lost if this is not done at the right time, and in the right way.
Trees and shrubs either develop their flower buds in the same year on new growth, or at branches grown the…
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