Also known as the windswept style, the fukinagashi is commonly regarded as a variation slant style capable of reflecting the powerful influences of the frequently blowing winds from one of the sides; thus, they mostly have one-sided growth of the branches. It is an example of a tree that must endure lots of struggles to enhance its survival. Its trunk and branches usually grow facing one side as if the wind has been continuously blowing the tree in that direction. The only exception is the cascade bonsai, whose trees are often flowering the conifers or the trees just as the junipers and pines are located in the mountain areas. Over time the branches will grow out on every side of the trunk but will bend towards one side.
Some other forms of the bonsai styles, like the informal upright, the semi-cascade, and the formal, depict this style’s typical characteristics.
A bonsai tree is an ornamental shrub planted and cultivated from its earlier stages of growth. It originated in Japan. As the plant starts emerging as a seedling, it is developed. An actual bonsai usually is of any plant that is capable of growing wood. It is not used for the production of food or any forms of medicinal purposes. Still, it solely focuses on the long-term cultivation and shaping of more than one small tree capable of growing in containers.
Important points about the windswept bonsai
1. The foliage should not be dense but should be sparse, more so on the branches’ tips (the twigs should be kept thin and long). It is done to ensure that the characters and the construction of the twig’s formation are exposed clearly, and the movement is on point.
2. To increase the image, you should use a shallow and a long container to evoke the surrounding environment’s idea. However, one should be cautioned on using grasses as companion elements. The grasses tend to show a lack of movement and are counter-effective in landscapes showing powerful and consistent winds.
3. To maintain this style is not an easy task. One must work consistently as the new twigs and leaves usually tend to grow to find their natural balance, and the long but thin ones will become very thick. Thus the best way to ensure such bonsai are well taken care of is to ensure that you cut back to form new thinner shoots to come up with refines in a case where they are ready to show.
4. Some branches grow against the wind, but there should exist a directional reverse of the components but in a drastic manner, which is best created by the clip and grow technique. The redirection that is now happening should further on return to the wind and angle upward direction. It is a vital point to show the powerful effects of wind blowing. All this results from the wind’s blowing character, which usually may tend to pull some objects towards the sky.
Types Of Windswept Bonsai
There are two types of windswept; the permanent and the temporary windswept
Permanent Windswept Bonsai
It recollects the classic images of a trunk that was tilted by the winds whereby the branches are curved and are twisted towards the same direction, but a tree growing in much heavier winds often has its components facing towards all the tips with many large branches and more foliage on the downwind part. The other variation is not known by many, but to say it is as much as correct as an interpretation.
Temporary Windswept Bonsai
In recent times this style has become more popular. It looks like a tree amid a gale, the powerful branches and the trunk all facing whichever way, but the minor ones are twisted to follow the winds’ path.
The plant to choose
A plant that can cope with wiring can fit the windswept style, but the popularly used are the conifers, but it’s vital to note that they are not the only ones used.
Note: plants such as the bougainvillea and some plants with brittle branches have, over the years, proven an extreme task to style as their branches easily break under the effects of wiring. Creating a bonsai is a project that can fill a couple of years that evolves as the tree is growing. There should be no cause of alarm to one of the trees are yet to reach their perfection; thus, one should wait and try the following year again.