Tanuki technique: grafting young plants with dead trees or driftwood

Tanuki is a Japanese word that describes a technique in bonsai art. Technique taniki is using dead trees, or driftwood has curves, bending and size available and relatively young plants are growing to shape.

The taniki technique helps us to restore the value of dead trees, and to use any living species we like to create an old-fashioned bonsai.

If we like spare parts, cypress, casuarinas, yellow chrysanthemums, white apricot blossom, shade, me, tea painting, , we can all apply. And so, tanuki gives us more freedom while selecting objects (dead and living plants) to shorten the time for a young tree to become an ancient art bouquet and may have many tastes. more inspirational, more creative in shaping techniques.

Materials needed to implement this technique

Dead stems or driftwood are tough, resistant to moisture. The root diameter and the branches are large and small, as you like and depending on our ability to search.
Coil, drill, some sponges or rubber.
Seedlings are growing rapidly.


We have a driftwood or driftwood that drills, drills grooved in length and trains from root to tip (from one to many grooves). The grooves are perforated, somehow they have two grooves on the sides of the groove and the diameter of the groove is slightly larger than the diameter of the seedlings we wish to apply.

This is quite important in tanuki

The plants we choose are fast growing, very suitable for this technique. We place, insert seedlings into the grooves (Figure), from the bottom of the driftwood to the top or appropriate branches.

Pay attention: Do not bark or bark off the carpentry

Then use a sponge, peel off the stem, and use zinc wire tightened from the root to the top (Figure). The purpose is to use sponge to not eat the bark on the bark right, and therefore do not create stain on the stem later. Then, plant a pot with relative depth, so that the seedlings develop.

Soil should be planted so that roots can absorb a lot of oxygen, develop the factor. It is recommended to use nitrogenous fertilizers (N) to help the plant grow faster.

When the seedlings are large, it must first develop and fill the grooves, and then the grooves, before spilling out the grooves. Once the tree has grown and begins to spill out of the groove, we can cut the wire and take out the sponge.

Let the tree grow freely for a few years, that is, do not prune, during which time, we have time to shape the tree more into the details. Then use the copper wire, zinc rolls and break the shape that we want.

Continue to keep the branches to grow as desired

The remaining parts of the driftwood, depending on the level of technical and aesthetic we are able to apply, we can apply different techniques such as Jin, shari, Saba-Miki (peeled, to plant trees naturally, and improve the technique of the tree.

After shaping, and applying the necessary techniques to the tree and when the tree is almost complete, we can find a beautiful bats appropriate to the design, size of the bonsai to replace.

Because of these reasons, we all recognize that bonsai is an art and is different from conventional potted plants.

With the technique of taniki, we will shorten the time of shaping and we have the roots, stalks, branches of driftwood the best and finally the kind that we like most.