What is Bonsai
What is Bonsai? . Although bonsai is about small trees, a Bonsai is not just a small tree. So what is Bonsai then? Well, according to Bonsai enthusiast, teacher and blogger Peter Warren at Saruyama Blog, Bonsai is simply “Tree in a Pot”. But, that said ‘tongue in cheek’ it’s more than that of course.
- Bonsai is the art of growing trees in shallow pots, cultivating the look of the tree to be any design that is desired. The object is usually to mimic the tree in it’s natural larger form. As far as we can tell, the art of bonsai was developed in China by those wishing to beautify their gardens. At first it was an art strictly for the wealthy, but that has changed over time. The art of bonsai later moved to Japan and throughout Asia. Modern bonsai design is now worldwide and bonsai trees can be cared for by anyone, as these plants are inexpensive and cared for easily with proper watering and re-potting.
Types of bonsai trees
- Coniferous These are your evergreens, with cones chiefly the pines. They have scale-like or needle leaves which are not shed annually.
- Deciduous These trees are the type that have a smooth, flatter leaf and may bear flowers or fruit. They also shed their leaves at the end of the growing cycle, usually annually, and regrow them again after a period of dormancy.
When selecting which bonsai to grow, take care to study the zone you live in and pick a tree suitable for growing in that zone. This is critical because bonsai trees are bred to be grown and nurtured outdoors.
- There is a growing trend to caring for bonsai indoors but many of the traditional trees, such as the Japanese maple bonsai, will not do well inside. This is because these trees require a period of dormancy, so the tree can rejuvenate any damage that has occurred during the growing seasons between spring and fall.
- If you don’t allow the tree to go into the state of dormancy, the tree will likely die within a few months of its normal time in dormancy.
- Many bonsai trees suffer this problem, but the most notable and common tree used for bonsai with this problem is the juniper. Junipers are particularly sensitive to their dormancy period and should never be kept indoors.
Things to Remember
- There is a lot of things you need to remember when caring for bonsai. There are certain times of year that some trees requiring pruning or need a new pot, and other times of year where it is safe to wire them.
- Each species of tree is different, so research is required when you choose to buy a new bonsai.
- However, despite all of the things that need done and need to be kept in mind, bonsai growing is an exceptionally rewarding hobby.
- This article from the Bonsai Garden Center is of course a brief introduction to what is bonsai and to bonsai trees. As with anything new, whether it be for work or play, job or hobby, there are things you must learn about if you want to succeed in your endeavor. Certainly the Bonsai Tree and it’s care are no exception. With some basic learning and patience you can enjoy the worthwhile and rewarding activity of Bonsai.
Bonsai trees can live even several hundreds of years, so you can expect to keep your bonsai tree with you your entire life, if you care for it properly.
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