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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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Bonsai masters: The ancient secrets behind their centuries-old trees - CNN
Posted on Monday December 05, 2016


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Bonsai masters: The ancient secrets behind their centuries-old trees
CNN
(CNN) "I am always caring for my bonsai trees -- it's as necessary for me as eating every day," says award-winning bonsai sensei, Kunio Kobayashi. A cross between horticulture and art, bonsai trees may be tiny, but they have an immense impact on the ...

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Learn about the art of bonsai in Dover on Dec. 13 - The Patriot Ledger
Posted on Friday December 09, 2016


Learn about the art of bonsai in Dover on Dec. 13
The Patriot Ledger
The Chicatabot Garden Club will host a lecture and demonstration on the art and science of bonsai on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Dover Town Library, lower level; coffee at 9 a.m., program at 9:30. This introduction to bonsai design is a one-hour ...

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Bonsai masters share secrets behind the art of their ancient trees - Daily Mail
Posted on Thursday December 08, 2016


Daily Mail

Bonsai masters share secrets behind the art of their ancient trees
Daily Mail
Bonsai can be practiced with almost any woody-stemmed tree or shrub species that produces branches strong enough to be cultivated and will remain small through pot confinement and pruning. Although they are miniature replicas, Bonsai trees should not ...

Reynolds: Accidental bonsai and other blunders - The Ledger
Posted on Thursday December 08, 2016


Reynolds: Accidental bonsai and other blunders
The Ledger
''That's a neat little bonsai.'' That fellow was mistaken. The plant - not a bonsai - that caught his eye is an elephant bush (Portulacaria afra), a commonly cultivated succulent that features arching branches densely covered with fleshy, triangular ...

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Bonsai: nurturing a tradition - Trinidad & Tobago Express
Posted on Wednesday December 07, 2016


Trinidad & Tobago Express

Bonsai: nurturing a tradition
Trinidad & Tobago Express
According to a recent article on scienceabc.com, a bonsai tree can be any number of different trees that can be appropriately cultivated and shaped in that particular way. This ancient art has been around for more than a thousand years, and Japanese ...



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