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At this stage, ordinarily it would be time to start thinking about harvesting all of that sweet bud you’ve been watching blossom and grow. While you could decide to harvest and enjoy your plant’s bounty and begin the process again with a new seedling, a true bonsai weed plant is never actually allowed to complete the flowering process.

Similarly to the previous stage of the process, you’ll be using the gardening wire or string to secure individual branches of your plant. This is where your own judgement and creativity comes into play, so take time to decide how you want your plant to look and which specific branches you want to focus on.

Once you have decided which branches to train, wrap lengths of grading wire or string around them, and attach these to one of the holes so that each branch will stay in place.

4. Prune the branches

Once you have everything you need to hand, the you’ll need to follow are:

Given that your bonsai weed plant is going to be very small, it makes sense to choose a weed variety which is characterised by large leaves and fairly densely packed branches. Equally, if you intend to harvest bud from your plant instead of training it to grow indefinitely, you’re going to want to go for a strain which will give you maximum benefit from a small harvest.

This is where your own artistry really comes into play, so let that creative flair take control. You’ll need to be careful not to take much off the main branches of the plant in order to preserve it, so instead focus on trimming some of the offshoot branches and allowing others to flourish.

Named in honour of its exotic, fruity flavour, this up and coming weed variety has so much going for it. With generous yields, a beautiful branch pattern, and striking dark green colour which takes on a purple hue as it matures, a Somango bonsai plant would make a stunning statement art piece in any home. If you’re planning on harvesting yours, flowering times are reasonably short at around 9 to 10 weeks.

The first step is preparing your pot for the plant. Since you’re growing bonsais, you want to select a suitably small pot. In order to facilitate training, some growers prefer to drill holes around the perimeter of the pot for string or twine. Just make sure that the holes are big enough to actually fit the twine you are planning on using. Failing to do so may result in a bad surprise when it comes time to train.

If you are working with few plants and limited space, bonsai trees can be a real space-saver. However, the utility of these plants really becomes apparent in larger cannabis gardens where several canna-bonsai mothers can provide a huge variety of genetics for the entire garden. Creating and maintaining several small mother plants to use for clone clippings is a great way to maintain diversity in your cannabis garden without having to rely on seeds.

There are several steps to planting and growing a cannabis bonsai tree.

STEP TWO: PLANT YOUR CUTTING

Similarly to regular bonsai trees, cannabis bonsais are miniature plants that never really grow beyond a number of centimetres. These plants provide growers with an effective source of clone clippings, without taking up too much space or requiring too many resources. And best of all, they are quite easy to set up and maintain.

Now it’s time to prune the branches. As the plant grows, its branches must be restricted in order to preserve the classic bonsai shape and stature, and to maintain airflow to the plant’s main stem. It’s important to only prune offshoot branches, as cutting main ones could seriously hurt the health and growth of your plant.

The second step is to properly set the mother plant in the pot. When choosing a cutting for a mother plant, make sure that you pick a healthy and sturdy one. Clippings can be taken from the plant several times per year, so it’s important to ensure the mother of these clones is capable of producing quality buds.

Because each strain’s genetics are different, certain cultivars will be better suited for developing into canna-bonsais. Here are a couple of strains that, thanks to their short stature, we think are ideal candidates for growing into canna-bonsai trees.

Always get quality seeds. If you’re going to create a mother plant and want her to remain in the vegetative phase of her life, you’d better get yourself some solid, tough genes to work with. Try different strains if you like, but look for fast growers with high stress tolerance. Sativa-dominant hybrids tend to do well, but go and see what works for you. Oh yes, to prevent disappointment: as you’re letting your budsai reveg, it can’t go into the flowering stage. That means no bud for you to harvest. Grow some extra weed beside your budsai if you want bud!

Classic bonsai tree

In this special blog, we have a look at a cannabis grow technique you don’t see every day… We give you the story of UkDam, a long-time cannabis fan and dedicated grower who’s not afraid to experiment. Ever heard of ‘budsai’? Well, sit back and prepare to be amazed, because we’re going to show you how to grow and train a budsai: your very own cannabis bonsai plant!

Be Gentle; Go Slow

In Japanese, bonsai means ‘tray plant’. That’s because, as you may have guessed, bonsai trees are raised on trays rather than in large pots or in soil. The tray prevents main taproot of the tree from digging down deep. That’s why bonsai trees are miniature trees: their stunted taproot limits how tall they can grow. Combined with the right kind of pruning and trimming techniques – and an amazing supply of patience – bonsai training allows growers to ‘sculpt’ miniature trees.

Most of us growers tend to look beyond the limits of our own cannabis hobby sometimes. If you are intrigued by the power of nature, and you like a bit of creativity too, them you’re probably heard about bonsai before. This ancient miniature plant-rearing technique, now popular among gardeners all over the world, first emerged in ancient China and Japan.

UkDam’s past ganja grows had taught him a few things about genetics. He had discovered that one particular strain, our very own Strawberry Glue, was the perfect girl for the job. She was a tough, robust plant that could take some stress. Furthermore, her stout sativa build and fast growing habits made her great potential budsai material. When he inquired, his contacts at Amsterdam Genetics forwarded some prime seeds.

UkDam recalls: “It all started some 15 years back. I’d been busy growing cannabis for some time when a friend asked me to look after his bonsai tree. Of course, I was like, sure, how hard can it be, and took it off his hands. I guess I just got the bug from there, because once I figured out how to keep this tiny guy alive, I wanted to give it a go myself. Soon, different species followed. Looking back, it was only a matter of time before my new bonsai passion and my old love for growing weed collided…”