Return to the Bonsai Forum | Post a Follow-Up

can bonsai be reversed to full size again

Posted by p-lant Fla (My Page) on
Mon, May 3, 10 at 4:17

So I was wondering if one had a bonsai plant could they reverse it back into a normal size tree - would it grow back to full size????

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: can bonsai be reversed to full size again

Oftentimes, yes.
If regularly root-pruned, a bonsai specimen will be incredibly vital....
Once placed in the ground, the tree would take off like a very well-rooted cutting.
In-ground (or yard bonsai) is called "niwaki," I believe, and there are numerous
techniques to maintain these larger specimen.


RE: can bonsai be reversed to full size again

Yes, those pics I posted a while back of the ficus and shimpaku in the ground in Da Lat were 'Niwaki'. Those are being kept in the smaller size though, any of them could have been jerked out of the ground and potted up. Biggest was about a meter tall.


RE: can bonsai be reversed to full size again


Yup, the'll grow back to a full / normal size if put in the ground and left unpruned.

If you are intending to have a large sculpted tree, then yes, Niwaki is a term used for garden trees in Japan (noun). The verb / expression for this craft is called 'Ueki no Te Ire' which basically refers to the art or practics of sculpting trees (topiary).

Check out this link / about 70% way down the page:


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Bonsai Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here