I realize that this list could be vast, but I’ve learned a lot of lessons recently and I was curious as to what others have learned. Here’s my ever growing list.
- I styled my hinoki far too soon. I’ve had a couple of branches die and I wasn’t sure why. Watching the shimpaku stream it turns out that I was bending branches before the cambial layer was able to re-adhere to the woody core. This caused it to separate in a couple of my bends which turned into a slow death for the branch.
- I water too much lol
- Don’t fall in love with one feature of the tree and try to “style around it”
- Always be prepared and have extra soil/material on hand. You never know when some random bonsai opportunity is going to pop up.
- I still water too much