You’ve probably seen lots of showcased bonsai trees that have extensive wiring on on the branches and trunks. Wiring is extremely useful and basic method for bonsai hobbyists that are interested in bending or training branches to grow a certain way. Thicker wire can also be wrapped around trunks to bend them as well and help to create movement in the tree.
Bonsai wire is usually made of aluminum or copper and varies in thickness usually from 1mm to 8mm. As a general rule, you’ll want to use a wire than is 1/3 the thickness of the branch. However, for branches that are more stubborn you can either wire it over twice or use a thicker wire.
When wiring, you’ll want to take care not to wrap it too tight or too loose. You’ll also want to check on your tree regularly to prevent wire scarring.
To see our selection of wire, please visit our wire section.