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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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Posted on Sunday August 21, 2016

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Grand Junction's Bonsai Design riding zipline boom with one-of-a ...
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Zipline tour guides in training led by Dillon West, right, make their way across one of the bridges in the canyon. Bonsai Design, a Grand Junction based zip line ...

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The Bonsai Opportunists Of Timberline: Krummholz - MTPR
Posted on Monday August 22, 2016


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Unlike bonsai trees tended intensively by humans, these miniatures have the winds as their attendants. Icy winds dry out new needles and whip branches until they break. The trees' strategy is to creep low to the ground in a direction away from the gales.

HBA's first local bonsai exhibit | KHON2 - KHON2
Posted on Wednesday July 27, 2016


HBA's first local bonsai exhibit | KHON2
This Sunday, the Hawaii Bonsai Association is holding its first local bonsai exhibit and fair. Warren Yamamoto, President of Hawaii Bonsai Association, joined us ...

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Beginner's guide to bonsai - The Hindu
Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

Beginner's guide to bonsai
The Hindu
Bodhi - The Chennai Bonsai Association organises a series of events this weekend. On August 27, Manoj Kumar, a popular Delhi-based bonsai artist, will demonstrate the art of Penjing, which involves depicting plants and landscapes in miniature.

The Bonsai Society of Greater New Haven is helping “little trees ... - New Haven Register
Posted on Monday August 01, 2016

New Haven Register

The Bonsai Society of Greater New Haven is helping “little trees ...
New Haven Register
New Haven >> Once a month, the most admired tree in Edgerton Park is often small enough to hold in your hand.

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