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It is Chinese New Year and I am dressing up my plants to make them look pretty and nice. A neighbor told me that besides pruning, trimming etc I should also pluck the old leaves with my bare hands. The more often you pluck those old leaves the next leaves that comes out from that spot would be smaller in size. When you prune it, two shoots will appear at the spot that you cut but the leaves are big if the plant appears to be healthy. At the end of each shoot, it will bloom. Well, I normally do both.
Exactly one week after you prune it and/or pluck those old leaves, it would start to bloom. Give it another week and those flowers will open and this particular bonsai, it's flowers give out a very nice smell. Can you see from the photo above, between all those leaves you can see lots of tiny white flower buds, some already open too. Just in time for Chinese New Year this Saturday.
I normally dress up my plants with red ribbons and some golden small pineapple. I just cut those red ribbons short and just tie a knot around the branches and twigs. From far it looks as if all my plants have tiny red flowers. I would also hang some golden pineapple, or what ever I could get. from the shop.
Just would like to share my success story of making my Bonsai bloom in time. Happy Chinese New Year to all and thanks for reading.