Port. Afra bonsai question

cardarlin(5)August 5, 2010

I have a port. afra I bought a few months back that has been sitting out on my deck. It has so many branches and leaves I was thinking of taking a few cuttings and starting a few "Bonsai" plants from it. But when I see the Port. Afra bonsai plants online they have extremly thick trunks. Is that something that happens over time on its own or do I need to do something specific to the plant to get the trunk to beef out like that?

Any other tips (because Im new to bonsai shaping) for this plant would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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jastitizer(zone 7)

Hmm, a jade. I've never really looked into working with a jade. But to answer your question, to get a thick trunk, you just have to let it grow (it happens over time). Although it would be wonderful to all us bonsai enthusiasts, there is no specific or special thing you can do. Just let it grow. Later, with a thick base, you can develope taper (thick bottom, skiny top), an element essential to almost all bonsai. Hope this helps!

Jason

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