Nipping growth for smaller leaves

Q: A month ago, I took the wiring off one of my trees. Since then it has grown considerably and developed large leaves. Should I re-wire it or should I merely nip the buds and young leaves?

A: If you remove wire from your tree, the sap can once again flow freely and the branches will want to straighten out again. This can result in slightly longer leaf growth, especially if you fertilised during or just after the wiring period. Keep nipping and rewire if the branches tend to straighten out again.

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Random Bonsai Tip

If surface roots are unequally spread around the trunk or if they are lacking completely you can drill holes and insert match sticks or make deep scars around the base of the trunk on the side where the roots are needed below soil level. Apply hormone powder and sphagnum moss; cover with plastic and keep moist. Leave for 6 months to 1 year for the roots to develop.