Hello! First post here. I have a Corkbark Elm that I was given by one of the Portland Bonsai Society members after my first class. I’ve had the tree for 5 years now and I repotted the tree last year. I have done some pruning but I have some questions:
- One of my concerns is the branches seem long and leggy with growth spattered at the apical region. I’ve had some success with pruning to get backbudding and more growth but do I just keep reducing the foliar mass to encourage growth lower down? I’m nervous about reducing too much and hurting the tree.
- Do elms tolerate wiring very well? The branches don’t feel as flexible as others and I worry about breaking them.
- Any design tips?