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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.


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The ancient art of bonsai is still blooming at Pacific Bonsai Museum - KING5.com
Posted on Wednesday August 23, 2017


KING5.com

The ancient art of bonsai is still blooming at Pacific Bonsai Museum
KING5.com
FEDERAL WAY, WASH. - Aarin Packard, the curator of the Pacific Bonsai Museum, began practicing the ancient art of bonsai in his teenage years. “And then it turned into a hobby which turned into a passion which turned into a career,” he said. Now, this ...

Bonsai, to learn about and to bid on - Marin Independent Journal
Posted on Friday August 11, 2017


Marin Independent Journal

Bonsai, to learn about and to bid on
Marin Independent Journal
The Marin Bonsai Club's annual auction is Aug. 17, and if you're ready to try your hand at this timeless garden art, this would be a great place to start. “There will be terrific deals on bonsai, pre-bonsai, stands, tools, books and other bonsai ...

The art of bonsai - Eureka Times Standard
Posted on Wednesday August 16, 2017


The art of bonsai
Eureka Times Standard
Bonsai, which uses miniature trees grown in containers, originated around the 6th century,” said Chuck Goodwin of the garden club. “The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation for the viewer and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity for ...

Cool Spaces: Euclid Japanese Maple gardener hosts tours at her home (photos and video) - cleveland.com
Posted on Wednesday August 23, 2017


cleveland.com

Cool Spaces: Euclid Japanese Maple gardener hosts tours at her home (photos and video)
cleveland.com
Now about 30 Bonsai are part of the Thesing's tapestry. Another reason for the tours, says MaryAnn, is getting people to appreciate gardening as much as she does. "People think that the more plants that you have, the harder it is to maintain them, but ...

Livin' in Liverpool: Hope springs eternal even in the shadow of Dunkin' - Eagle News Online
Posted on Wednesday August 23, 2017


Livin' in Liverpool: Hope springs eternal even in the shadow of Dunkin'
Eagle News Online
The Japanese and Chinese tradition of cultivating bonsai trees goes back more than 1,000 years. Rather than growing genetically dwarfed trees, bonsai enthusiasts grow tiny trees from regular stock and seeds. Bonsai uses cultivation techniques such as ...



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