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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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'Justice will be served': Vigil held for Robert Bee - Pekin Daily Times
Posted on Tuesday July 25, 2017


Pekin Daily Times

'Justice will be served': Vigil held for Robert Bee
Pekin Daily Times
Since then, members of the Pekin community have formed the “Team Bonsai” group to search for the missing 13-year-old. “It's sad, but I'm kind of thankful it's over,” said Bobette Spillman, a member of Team Bonsai. “A lot of emotions have run wild ...
Dental records of Robert Bee Jr. match human remains found in yard: PoliceCrimeOnline

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Bye, bye, Bonsai - Ellwood City Ledger
Posted on Wednesday July 19, 2017


Ellwood City Ledger

Bye, bye, Bonsai
Ellwood City Ledger
My son and daughter-in-law, Charlie and Lena, bought me a Bonsai tree for Mother's Day. It was beautiful. (Note the past tense.) I was excited. I have seen them at flower shows and pictures of them in magazines. I really liked the way they look. Bonsai ...

City approves deal for Bonsai - Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Posted on Wednesday July 19, 2017


Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

City approves deal for Bonsai
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Calling it a shot in the arm toward making the city a pearl in the recreation industry nationwide, the Grand Junction City Council approved an incentive package for Bonsai Design Wednesday night to locate in a soon-to-be-built business park at Las ...

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Growing Cannabis Bonsai Trees: Separating Fact From Fiction - Leafly
Posted on Wednesday June 28, 2017


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Growing Cannabis Bonsai Trees: Separating Fact From Fiction
Leafly
Imagine having a miniature cannabis plant that you could simply set in your window, with lovely green branches emerging from its artistically spiraled center. Sounds pretty incredible, right? This is the dream of cannabis bonsai, an idea that has ...

Master gardening: Bonding with bonsai - York Daily Record/Sunday News
Posted on Tuesday June 27, 2017


York Daily Record/Sunday News

Master gardening: Bonding with bonsai
York Daily Record/Sunday News
Bonsai has become synonymous with Japan and many people new to bonsai believe that the plants must look like the ones illustrated in books or featured in movies like "The Karate Kid." The belief exists that bonsai are specialized plants and only these ...



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