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What bonsai tools should I start with?

There are many options for bonsai tools and what supplies you should start with depends on the kind of tree you have and the type of work you plan on doing. A complete set of tools generally includes bonsai shears, wire cutters (manufactured for bonsai styling, not regular wire cutters), jin pliers, knob cutters, concave cutters, wire in various sizes, a root hook and a broom. As a beginner, you can generally start with just bonsai shears for a while. However, if you plan on starting with untrained nursery stock or collecting trees from the wild, you will find a lot of the other tools helpful. At a minimum, we would recommend these as a basic bonsai tool starter set: Bonsai...

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How to Grow Bonsai Trees from Seed

Why grow bonsai trees from seed? "Misho" is the Japanese term for bonsai trees grown from seed. Misho refers to planting tree seeds and cultivating them. This way of tree cultivation is suitable for beginners and similar to any other kind of gardening from seed. Growing your own bonsai tree from seed is a very rewarding experience and gives you full control over the style of your tree from the beginning of its existence. It is also an incredible feeling to be able to say, "I grew this bonsai from seeds myself!" and an economical way to enter the hobby. Beginners and experts alike grow bonsai trees from seed and, with a little bit of patience and time, you can too. What...

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