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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.


News About Bonsai

Ashlander John Whitt enjoys lifelong project of bonsai trees - The Independent
Posted on Saturday March 25, 2017


The Independent

Ashlander John Whitt enjoys lifelong project of bonsai trees
The Independent
ASHLAND Bonsai! The very name evokes images of faraway lands and beautifully landscaped gardens. For Ashland resident John Whitt, a childhood love of reading encyclopedias led him to discover Japan and its miniature trees. He learned the art of ...

Bonsai may be easier than you think - Winston-Salem Journal
Posted on Friday March 24, 2017


Winston-Salem Journal

Bonsai may be easier than you think
Winston-Salem Journal
I am intrigued by bonsai. The visual act of walking through a bonsai exhibit and appreciating its forms is enough to drain away stress. This art form of capturing nature within a dwarfed plant is simple, beautiful and wrought with patience. The ...

Bonsai master devotes life to ancient art of tiny ornamental potted trees - Bucks County Courier Times
Posted on Sunday March 05, 2017


Bucks County Courier Times

Bonsai master devotes life to ancient art of tiny ornamental potted trees
Bucks County Courier Times
Solebury's Chase Rosade has dedicated his life bonsai. His creations and live demonstrations have been a yearly staple at the show, which opens to the public ...

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Bonsai master takes hobbit-size trees to Philadelphia Flower Show - Philly.com
Posted on Thursday March 09, 2017


Philly.com

Bonsai master takes hobbit-size trees to Philadelphia Flower Show
Philly.com
Bonsai master Chase Rosade, 82, prunes a Japanese maple bonsai in his New Hope studio March 8, 2017, next to a Japanese white pine. He started the ...

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Crews rescue injured hiker near Bonsai Rock at Lake Tahoe; SR-28 ... - KRNV My News 4
Posted on Monday March 20, 2017


KRNV My News 4

Crews rescue injured hiker near Bonsai Rock at Lake Tahoe; SR-28 ...
KRNV My News 4
One injured hiker was rescued Monday morning near Bonsai Rock at North Lake Tahoe, according to the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.Bob Harmon with ...
Injured Hiker Rescued From Bonsai Rock Near Lake Tahoe - KTVN ...KTVN
Hiker rescued at Lake Tahoe after getting lostReno Gazette Journal

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