Wiring bonsai tree guide

Bonsai Master Lloyd Noall has designed a fantastic range of bonsai tree pruning & wiring kits which are perfect for beginners who want hands on experience growing bonsai trees. They include Step-by-Step guides and online tutorials and are designed for you to learn how to grow a bonsai tree. These kits include a Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) bonsai tree chosen for their fantastic ability to re-grow quickly and make beautiful and artistic bonsai, ideal for beginners. These kits include the accessories required to prune and wire and grow healthy trees.
Below you can watch Lloyd’s Bonsai Wiring Tutorial and see his step-by-step guide.
Learn from the master!

Why do we wire bonsai trees?

Wiring is a technique used in the art of bonsai to create and refine the shapes of the main trunk and branches. Bonsai wire serves as a useful guide, allowing you to shape and manipulate the growth direction of branches. Thus, ultimately influencing the overall form of the tree. This meticulous process, enhances the natural beauty of the miniature tree.

The Choice of Aluminium: Flexibility

Among the various materials available, soft aluminium wire stands out as a preferred option. Its pliability allows for gentle bending without causing harm to the delicate bark and branches of the bonsai, facilitating a smooth shaping process. Beyond its flexibility, aluminium wire is rust-resistant, a crucial characteristic when working with bonsai trees. This not only safeguards the tree’s health but also extends the lifespan of the wire, permitting multiple uses over the years.

Aluminium Wire does not rust

Beyond its functional advantages, soft aluminium wire offers an aesthetic appeal. Available in various thicknesses, you can select a wire that supports the trunk or branches that you are trying to form. This ensures that the wiring process remains visually unobtrusive, allowing the inherent elegance of the bonsai to shine through. In general bonsai wire is neutral brown in colour so it is less obtrusive.

Please do watch our videos – it is most important not to ‘wind’ the wire round the trunk or branch as this tightens and scars the bark. You need to use your thumb and fingers to place the wire. Please check every 4-6 weeks to ensure the wire is not too tight and remove and re-wire as necessary.

How to wire a bonsai tree guide
Bonsai Wiring Guide Step 1
Study your bonsai and identify any branches that need to be re-styled.
Wiring bonsai trees- step 2
Plan your wiring & select the correct wire size and length. Thicker branches will need a thicker wire.
Bonsai Wiring guide - step 3
Carefully anchor the center of the wire around the trunk so that the ends can be continued along the branches.
Bonsai Wiring Guide - Step 4
Position the wire along the branch, taking care to place the wire & not tighten. Then trim off the wire ends with the wire cutters.
Bonsai Wiring Guide - Step 5
Holding a branch securely with your fingers, bend the wired branch gently into the desired position.
Bonsai Wiring Guide - Step 6
Enhance the character of a branch by adding gentle bends.
Wiring a bonsai - an overview
Re-positioned branches create more space around the trunk, giving the bonsai a more classic appearance.
The shape of the newly wired branches will soon begin to set (approx. 4-6 weeks).
Please check your wiring on a weekly basis. If it begins to look tight please remove it.
Once the wire has been removed, please re-wire using new wire (you only need to do this if the branch has not set in the desired position).