Know The Rules Of Bonsai And Then Ignore Them
The process of learning how to create and care for bonsai trees is aided by a number or rules. These give the grower pointers on what actions are likely to lead to pleasing result. An example of one of these rules might be the the lowest branch on the tree is usually placed at one-third of the overall height for most upright trees. This kind of rule helps someone when they are considering which branches to keep and develop or to remove. We spend time during our bonsai workshops discussing these rules. They help people get started and I generally find that if you follow the design rules, you can create a bonsai with which you are happy.
What I always say after we have discussed these rules, is to know the but not to be bound by them. It is entirely possible to become overly focussed on the design rules and to try to force the tree to do something which it doesn’t want to do. Use the design rules to help get you going, they are useful if you are stuck or needs guidance work working on your bonsai trees.