Ginko
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foliage size

Im new to the art of Bonsai, and had a few questions...

Can you reduce the size of the foliage on a miniature boxwood by pruning all the leaves off? I know you can on other plants, but the leaves are already quite small on the boxwood, I would just like them a bit smaller.

Also, can you reduce the size of the needles on conventional pine tree's?

I will post pictures (within the hour) of my boxwood, as well as my other bonsai's that I have just recently started to trim (all saved from the nursery 50% off rack, AKA the soon to be thrown out rack!).

Thanks


Update:

[img]https://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/Ginkooooo/Bonsai%20Starts/boxwood3.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/Ginkooooo/Bonsai%20Starts/boxwood2.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e223/Ginkooooo/Bonsai%20Starts/boxwood1.jpg[/img]
-Luke

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Here is some good info on buxus and reducing foliage size:

https://www.bonsai4me.com/SpeciesGuide/Buxus%20Indepth.htm


good luck!

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Gnome
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Ginko,

Needle length on Pines can be reduced but it is not a matter of simply cutting them shorter. Furthermore, a young Pine that is still in development is not ready for such refining techniques. Here are two good articles on Pines and their development.

https://www.evergreengardenworks.com/pines.htm
https://www.evergreengardenworks.com/pines2.htm

Norm

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thanks for all the help guys
-Luke

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