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Pinching is a type of pruning by fingertip commonly used to maintain the silhouette of a bonsai and improve ramification. The succulent tips of the developing foliage are plucked out with the fingertips before they can mature. As a result, the regrowth will be smaller, and you will occasionally get two buds where there were one. Pinching can also awaken dormant buds farther back on the branch.


See Also

Pruning and Pinching by Brent Walston

Ramification Terms
Ramification | Trunk | Primary branch | Secondary branch | Tertiary branch | Branch | Twig | Canopy | Silhouette
Detail wiring | Defoliation | Pinching

Types of Pruning
Pruning | Drastic pruning | Defoliation |Pinching | Trunk chop | Thinning | Trimming | Root pruning | Root trimming | Decandling
Tools for Pruning
Concave cutters | Shears | Thinning shears | Decandling shears | Leaf trimmers | Scythe | Root cutters | Branch cutters | Spherical cutters | Knob cutters