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Raffia bundle, 50g

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Bundles consist of individual strands, each roughly 2m in length.


Raffia is used in several crafts but in bonsai culture it is used predominately when performing bends in branches or trunks where there is a risk of breakage.

How to use

  • Raffia is first soaked in water to soften the natural fibres. Several strands are then tied together and tightly wound around the section of the tree which is going to be bent.
  • Thick wire is sometimes placed under the raffia in the direction of the branch or trunk, to re-inforce the bend once made.
  • After applying the raffia the branch or trunk is wired as normal.
  • A branch jack and stay might be used to then create the bend and keep the bent part in position. A length of metal rebar can also be used, anchored to a suitable pivot point.

It is important to note that if raffia is to be effective it must be applied very tightly. 


  1. Bending thick branches and/or trunks.
  2. Working with brittle trees and performing bends.
  3. Protecting trees which have thin bark or are delicate (olives, azalea, privet etc) when doing wiring.
  4. Keeping live veins from separating from deadwood when making bends.
  5. Tying several trees together in order for them to fuse.
  6. When doing root over rock plantings you can use it as a biodegradable means to fasten tree roots to the rock. 
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    Bonsai Tree Raffia bundle, 50g Review

    Raffia purchase

    Perfect.made exercise of bending trunk easier without fear of breaking branch Perfect service as always

    malcolm s.
    South Africa South Africa

    Bonsai Tree

    Looks great Malcolm, thanks so much for the review and for posting picture of your work!


    Great quality and price

    The raffia I bought recently was very well packaged with a surprise calendar and Samples of Bonsai goodies like fertilizer etc. The shipping was in record time, from CT to GP in like 3 days. The raffia is very good quality and will definitely be buying Bonsai Tree again!! Thank you so very much for the fantastic service!

    Heinrich A.
    South Africa South Africa

    Raffia bundle

    This is very good raffia and worked very well when incorporated in some heavy bending on a Maroela tree. Also, my recent purchase of Akadama and Banzai Blend was well worth the investment and delivery all the way to Johannesburg was super quick.

    Robert Q.
    South Africa South Africa

    Great Service

    Have ordered feom Bonsai Tree. Living in a rural area delivery times are very delayed. Was very surprised when my order was 5 days early. Keep it up.

    Ruan R.
    South Africa South Africa


    I never take chances on big bends or soft skinned trees like olives. This is always endorsed by international demonstrators. When you buy from Terry you know you are getting a quality product and service.

    Rowan D.