Pruning as an art form–The basics of pruning


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The Simple Basics of Pruning — pruning as an art form.

Growing a plant is one thing.  Shaping plants well is an art form and adds another dimension.  Here is an article that tells you what happens when you prune.  This information applies to just about any kind of shrub or tree.  I am asked lots of questions about pruning.  This article will be the first of a series on pruning practices and techniques.

I am using a jade plant for pictures because the buds show up well.  The jade tree is also really good for an indoor bonsai.

To start with, look at the tip of a stem and notice the small growth bud.  This is called an “apical bud”.

At the side of the stem, just where the leaf comes out, you will find a very small growth bud.   This is called the “lateral bud

Here’s how…

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