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Bonsai from Trimmings

There are a few different ways to start your bonsai. And just like any other plant you can also start your bonsai from trimmings. Here we lay out the process.

Take cuttings from healthy trees and from as close to the bottom of the tree as possible. (Also, if the tree is on someones property as permission.) Cuttings should have at least six sprouts (leaves) Cut as close to the tree as possible and get into water ASAP too! Remove any small leaves or stems and get the base & wash your cuttings to remove any debris or bugs.

cutting the shoot

Cut the base at an angle so there is more surface are for the roots to grow from.


nice angle on the cutting


washing the cutting

Washing the cutting


Apply cloning gel

Dip or otherwise cover with a rooting agent. We are using Olivia's cloning gel. Then place in clear glass or cup with clean water and reapply gel every three to four days until the roots start growing.


cutting in water

Once the roots start growing just change the water.

Always be careful and gentle s o as to not damage the new roots. Place near a window where they will get bright but indirect sunlight.

It should take 4-8 weeks for roots to develop. We will get to what happens later in some weeks when our cuttings start rooting.

It can be tricky to keep cuttings like this. Even though they are in water they still can dry out. So we made a little greenhouse to put them in. You can see that project right here: Make a small greenhouse


Olivia's Solution OCG4 4-Ounce Olivia's Cloning Gel for Plants

This implement cloning solution into your indoor garden growing plan. Rapid root development. Superior start and growth. Feed new cuttings as they root. Eliminate transplant shock. Available in liquid or gel form. Safe and easy to use. This is cloning solution it works on both indoor and outdoor plants, as well as plants being grown hydroponically or with soil. Both home hobbyists and professionals will reap benefits. Available in 4-ounce. This product weighs 0.3-pound. Measures 1-1/3-inch length by 1-4/5-inch width by 3-2/5-inch height.


Bonsai Pruner, Bud & Leaf Trimmer

Bonsai pruner trimmer. Mini trimming shears are perfect for bonsai, pruning houseplants, anywhere a small razor sharp pruner is needed. Only 4" long, mini shear has razor sharp stainless steel blades, cuts effortlessly using scissor action. Also very handy for the fisherman's tackle box, sewing box, etc. Shipping weight - .2 lb.




101 essential bonsai tips

Bonsai (101 Essential Tips)

This is a highly recommended book for starters.

Breaks down key information on cultivating bonsai into 101 easy-to-grasp tips and gives quick answers to all your questions.

Harry Tomlinson is one of Europe's leading bonsai artists and instructors. He has exhibited and judged bonsai all over the world. He is also the author of several books including DK's The Complete Book of Bonsai.


Bonsai Encyclopedia

The Complete Practical Encyclopedia of Bonsai: The essential step-by-step guide to creating, growing, and displaying bonsai with over 800 photographs This book defines and describes the ancient craft of bonsai. The techniques of this precise art form are clearly described, and provides a stunning and fully comprehensive reference that is ideal for the beginner as well as the more experienced bonsai artist.



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