The furor over the site triggered by animal rights organizations has been offset by their continued statements that the site itself is a fake. They have been stating this since 2001.
“Towards the end of the Qing Dynasty and the beginning of the Republic of China, some 80 years ago, dwarf tree growers in the province of Guangdong advocated abandonment of the former, artificial method of shaping trees with wires, as this method was against nature. The growers introduced “clip and grow method”, which was inspired by the Chinese painting techniques.
In order to not change the natural appearance and qualities of the tree, the Lingnang School rejects the use of wires, weights, and artificial means of shaping the trees. Instead, it has developed a new approach to letting trees grow on their own and then radically pruning. Hence the name “Clip and Grow”.
…This method requires a great deal of patience, as growth periods between pruning may last as long as ten years.
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