Bonsai trees and bonsai care
fascination with bonsai and the ancient art has only intensified
with the years. Perhaps it's got to do with control. As
an artform, bonsai is certainly that. It is the ultimate in
controlling a plant or tree by purposefully nurturing it so that
it's root system and tree form is exactly as we would have it. There
is great satisfaction and zen like charm in bonsai. With the
growing number of small sized gardens, it is appropriate that our
plants can now come miniaturized.
originated from Japan and is the craft of growing miniaturized plant
forms. Literally translated, bonsai means 'tray planting'.
It is the cultivation of slow growing plants or trees in shallow
trays which result in an aesthetically pleasing form. Naturally
what is aesthetically pleasing is in the eye of the
as with all things, there are general rules to be followed when
practising bonsai tree planting and care of bonsai plants. Contrary
to some opinions, bonsai is not 'cruel', neither is it the growing
of 'dwarf' plants or trees. All bonsai plants have the capacity
to grow to their full potential (whether as trees or as plants)
but they have been meticulously pruned and cultivated so that they
remain in their 'miniaturized' state.
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all plants suitable for bonsai?
not all plants and trees are suitable for bonsai cultivation. Slow
growing plants and trees are usually the ones chosen as are plants
that have small leaves to suit the the miniaturized theme well.
The principles of scale just wouldn't allow for a large leaf
large root system plants or trees to qualify as a suitable
choice for bonsai. The most popular bonsai trees would include
junipers, figs, serisas, azaleas, maples, quince, crab apples, crepe
myrtles, cypress, wisterias. Some of these bonsai plants have
the added bonus of having flowers eg serissas, wisterias and others
like the maples are well known for their burst of autumn color.
do I start learning about bonsai and bonsai tree care?
depends on what sort of person you are. There
are some people who inherit the hobby because they got
given a bonsai tree as a present. Others decide
that they need to study everything before they even
embark on buying a bonsai plant. And still others
will just get one and learn along the way. I think
I fall into the first category. I was
given a bonsai starter set and the rest is history.
I started to read books, visit bonsai shows and
picked it up from there.
to a bonsai tree care seminar is another way of picking
up quick tips from bonsai enthusiasts. Your local
nursery may provide these courses. Ultimately
bonsai is an act of love. It's no wonder that
when my local bonsai nursery was robbed and a 100 year
old bonsai was stolen that the nursery owner was heartbroken
and had this to say, 'What really irks me is that this
person who stole it probably never nurtured a single
thing in his life!' Bonsai is a labor of love.
bonsai and bonsai tree care very time consuming?
have to say that bonsai isn't for the 'low maintenance' type gardener.
That's because these aren't really indoor plants, the longest
you can keep any bonsai indoors is about 3 days, any longer and
it will suffer from lack of light (sunlight). Ideally, they
should receive some sunlight during the day, preferably morning
sun. Because they don't have much soil in their trays, they
will need watering at least daily in summertime and probably every
3-4 days in the winter. This will of course vary in your climate
- hot and dry, more watering, cold and wet, less watering. Then
there's the constant pruning, training and clipping of your bonsai
tree. Add that all up and it means bonsai does take time and
effort on your part but the rewards are an exquisite piece of artwork
that is all your own and great satisfaction derived from achieving
it. For quick FAQs regarding bonsai tree care, click here
to visit BonsaiBoy.
luck on your bonsai endeavours!
trees and bonsai care
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