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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

Orchid, bonsai show at Phipps offers a taste of the tropics - Tribune-Review
Posted on Thursday January 12, 2017


Orchid, bonsai show at Phipps offers a taste of the tropics
Tribune-Review
Exotic plants offering respite from dreary winter days will be on display when the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show opens Jan. 14 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Oakland. Slated to run through March 5, the exhibit will showcase flowering ...

391-Year-Old Bonsai Tree That Survived the Hiroshima Atomic ... - NextShark
Posted on Wednesday December 28, 2016


NextShark

391-Year-Old Bonsai Tree That Survived the Hiroshima Atomic ...
NextShark
The struggle to keep a plant alive is real, but this extraordinary bonsai tree has been alive for 391 years. As if that wasn't impressive enough, the 391-year-old ...
Tornos News | Report: 391 year old Bonsai tree survived the ...Tornos News International Edition (press release)

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Bizarre tale of the Queen, 'Jack' the bonsai tree and a first-class jaunt from China - Telegraph.co.uk
Posted on Sunday January 15, 2017


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Bizarre tale of the Queen, 'Jack' the bonsai tree and a first-class jaunt from China
Telegraph.co.uk
In the case of a 60-year-old bonsai tree, that was easier said than done. Newly released documents have disclosed the comical lengths to which our man in Peking went in order to get the tree from China to Windsor in one piece - including first class ...

Global innovations in 2016: Canadian smart coat, Swedish air drum, Japanese floating bonsai and more - MarketWatch
Posted on Friday January 13, 2017


MarketWatch

Global innovations in 2016: Canadian smart coat, Swedish air drum, Japanese floating bonsai and more
MarketWatch
Since the launch in 2009, Kickstarter has successfully funded more than 117,000 projects with $2.8 billion globally. According to data from 2014, the top nine countries with most pledged funds accounted for almost 85% of Kickstarter's total pledge ...

Escape the winter blues at Phipps' Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show - NEXTpittsburgh
Posted on Tuesday January 03, 2017


Escape the winter blues at Phipps' Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
NEXTpittsburgh
Already daydreaming about hopping on a plane to the nearest tropical island—or burying your head under a pillow until March 20th? Starting on January 14th, head to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to escape the winter blues and be ...



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