I recently got a ficus bonsai and I've been following instructions to keep it pruned, however, I have a few questions that I can't find information on.

I've allowed a few branches to get a bit longer than they should have and I'm a bit worried about cutting those back. If I cut them back, how will that affect my bonsai? Will the new shoots grow and continue the growth of the branches I cut back, or will that effectively be stopping the branch from growing from that point? Or would it create a point were a new branch will grow from the pruned point?

Thank you for any help.

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When you prune a branch, the branch you cut will not grow longer. It may create new shoots on the branch that you cut or it may not.

People prune branches to create a canopy a the top of their bonsai or they do it to make it shorter because it is too long, or to balance the vigor of a tree. branch pruning for a bonsai is very common and you don't need to be afraid of it. You can check out this YouTube channel Nigel Saunders, The Bonsai Zone. It has lots of good info and you can see how he prune the branches and why.

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