Bonsai comes in many forms. When you decide to grow Bonsai, you will need to decide which type and species you wish to own as well as exactly what you’ll need to give it the proper care. That is why purchasing the right Bonsai tools is a very important part of this overall process and should, therefore, receive the appropriate attention.
Although it is not necessary to buy a special tool stock for growing your own Bonsai, you will need some basic tools to ensure it is done correctly. As your interest in growing Bonsai grows, so will your collection of Bonsai tools. This, however, will progress naturally so you don’t have to worry about purchasing every possible tool you may need all at once.
When choosing your tools, keep in mind that crafting beautiful Bonsai is both a science and an art. The tools you purchase will serve to help you mold your Bonsai to fit your particular vision. Over the years, a multitude of tools have been produced specifically for growing Bonsai. A majority of these tools can be purchased via the Internet, so you should have no trouble finding them. You can also buy them at your local nursery or gardening center.
Many Bonsai tools are designed with specific functions in mind. Those you need will depend on exactly what you wish to do. Once you have become more comfortable with shaping, training and pruning your trees, you may want to consider adding tools to your collection that perform more specific tasks. The tools you need will depend on the type of Bonsai work you plan to do. For example, it takes fewer tools to prune and repot an existing Bonsai tree than it would to create a Bonsai tree from a trunk harvested from another plant.
Bonsai tools are often sold separately, but starter kits do exist that will include what you’ll need to begin the Bonsai growing process. Keep in mind you do get what you pay for, so don’t be afraid to make a worthwhile investment by selecting tools that are a bit more expensive than others as they will last a long time.
A beginner’s kit will usually include the following items: Bonsai wire cutters, Bonsai trimming shears, a concave branch cutter, a Spherical Knob Cutter, bug trimming shears and a root hook. Beginning your new hobby with the right tools will not only make the process easier, but will also make it more enjoyable all around.