How to Sculpt Bosai Using the Moyogi Method

Moyogi style bonsai encourages left to right movement. image by Public Domain

Moyogi is a variation on the formal upright style but is much easier to create. The rules for the branch structure are the same but the trunk may have any number of curves, both from left to right and from front to back. The moyogi is less symmetrical that the chokkan but in some ways is a more beautiful and natural example of bonsai. Moyogi bonsai encourages more horizontal and vertical movement than the formal upright style.


Step 1

Choose a species for the bonsai. Moyogi works equally as well with deciduous and coniferous species. Moyogi usually have full crowns and branches that start just below he halfway point of the trunk. Deciduous species, such as the Japanese Maple are naturally well-suited to this style.

Step 2

Inspect the trees branches. The branches should resemble mature examples of the species. Slight irregularities can be repaired because the branches can be trained. The trunk may also a slight slant but should not have a strong bend.

Step 3

Select a planter. Choosing a planter is important in defining the ascetic of the bonsai. Porcelain and glass can lend the bonsai an element of delicate elegance while a dark metal or stone planter might give the bonsai a natural strength.

Step 4

Pot the tree using bonsai soil. Using bonsai soil, not regular potting soil, is critical because traditional potting soil is entirely too dense. Purchase bonsai soil at your garden center, selecting the soil that matches you bonsai species.

Step 5

Encourage slanting for a sense of natural movement. To attain a slant that angles away then plant or coax the bonsai at an angle in the pot so that the roots shift and grow toward the front of the pot. You can train the bonsai using wire and tilting the planter slightly to control water flow. The tree will naturally grow to support itself and then the planter can be repositioned.

Step 6

Relax and wait. All bonsai sculpting requires time and patience. It may take many years of tending to achieve the desired result but the moyogi style is one of the simplest and easiest in which to see progress.

Tips and Warnings

Bonsai take time and patience don't immediate results.

Things You'll Need

Bonsai plant, Planter, Bonsai soil

About this Author

Richard Sweeney is a former educator and now freelance writer living on the Gulf Coast of Florida. He has been writing since 1995 publishing articles in national publications such as "Men's Outlook Journal" and "Travel". Sweeney left the education profession in 2007 but likes to remain knowledgeable about current policies and teaching techniques.

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