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What Is A Bonsai Tree?


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A bonsai tree is a miniature tree. It requires constant care that demands an ever evolving process. A bonsai tree is often referred to as a living miniature tree. A common misconception related to bonsai trees is that they are actually dwarf trees. Not so. It is only through careful manipulation and planning that a bonsai gardener can cause a normal tree to stay a tiny tree.

In ancient times, the shaping of bonsai trees was more about sculpting these small tree trunks into the forms of animals or mystic figures. Originating in China, the practice of cultivating bonsai trees quickly spread to Japan. Today, Japan is most responsible for the increased popularity of Bonsai. Note that in earlier years, the containers they used were quite large in comparison to modern day bonsai tree containers.

As stated earlier, bonsai trees are not inherently miniaturized; in other words, you cannot find a seed that will produce a dwarfed tree. But herein lies the challenge of bonsai. If you are clever enough and patient enough, you can take almost any tree and create a bonsai tree. This artistic miracle is achieved by manipulating the tree’s habitat through pot confinement and pruning. Which tree you choose to use is dependant on what you are looking for in a bonsai tree. Some species of trees are more sought after than others because of their natural characteristics that make them better suited to particular design arrangements.
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A quick clarification is needed now. To say "Bonsai" often conjures up an image of a tree in a tray, but shrubs are included as well. Many an interesting variation in beauty displayed by bonsai is accomplished by species of shrubs as well as trees.

It takes much time, care and pruning to create a bonsai tree. Techniques can be as simple as pruning the leaves and roots and using wires to direct the trunk in forming a shape and keeping it small. Caring for a bonsai tree is a concentrated art form which demands great sensitivity. The confined space alone can make it difficult to care for your miniature tree. Sometimes bonsai gardeners rate their challenges the same as someone building a ship in a bottle.

Bonsai trees are a great novelty item because of their size. They make unusual conversation pieces. They can be shaped to your own design. Usually a well-crafted bonsai tree will increase in value with age. So, with a little research on their care and how to assure the miniaturization and shaping process, you can have your own bonsai tree. As with many other forms of horticulture, it does require attention to thrive. To master bonsai can mean mastering yourself.


News About Bonsai

Living labors of love shine at bonsai show - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Posted on Thursday May 25, 2017


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Living labors of love shine at bonsai show
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Bonsai are as diverse as those who create them, but one thing is always the same: The tree decides how it's shaped, says Bob Dietz of South Park, former president of the Pittsburgh Bonsai Society. Some of his trees will be among the many bonsai on ...

Linda Cobb: Spartanburg man enjoys the art of bonsai - Spartanburg Herald Journal
Posted on Wednesday May 24, 2017


Spartanburg Herald Journal

Linda Cobb: Spartanburg man enjoys the art of bonsai
Spartanburg Herald Journal
When O'Neal grows a bonsai, he trains it, shapes it, waters it and feeds it. But he must start with the right pot. The pot must have large drainage holes in the bottom. He wires a screen material to the hole to prevent the small amount of bark from ...
Punk rocker of bonsai world at work in northern MinnesotaCrookston Daily Times

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You Don't Need To Be A Data Scientist To Implement AI With Bonsai - Forbes
Posted on Friday May 19, 2017


Forbes

You Don't Need To Be A Data Scientist To Implement AI With Bonsai
Forbes
Bonsai, an artificial intelligence startup based in Berkeley, California, aims to democratize AI by making the technology accessible to business decision makers. It is abstracting the complexity involved in implementing frameworks such as TensorFlow ...

Bonsai trees part of shoppers' bounty at Fine Arts Fiesta - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
Posted on Friday May 19, 2017


Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

Bonsai trees part of shoppers' bounty at Fine Arts Fiesta
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
A shopper looks at Bonsai trees at the Fine Arts Fiesta in Wilkes-Barre's Public Square on Friday. Sean McKeag | Times Leader. Skip Sensbach creates a clay pot at the Fine Arts Fiesta in Wilkes-Barre's Public Square on Friday, May 19. 5/19/17.

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Blooming bonsai, vintage tractors in spotlight - Sacramento Bee
Posted on Friday May 19, 2017


Sacramento Bee

Blooming bonsai, vintage tractors in spotlight
Sacramento Bee
28th annual Satsuki Aikokai Bonsai Show. Where: Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 20; 10 a.m.-4 p.m Sunday, May 21. Admission: Free. Details: 916-428-8505. Dedicated to blooming ...



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