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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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Local Bonsai tree shop gives an inside look at the unique trees - WJHG-TV
Posted on Friday February 24, 2017


WJHG-TV

Local Bonsai tree shop gives an inside look at the unique trees
WJHG-TV
Bonsai by Dori founder Dori Hayes said she discovered her love for the unique trees many years ago, while working at a nursery in Seattle. "I kinda got interested in it," Hayes said. "We saw a lot of Bonsai leaving the store and I just decided to get ...

Bonsai-a-Thon this Weekend at The Huntington - Pasadena Now
Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2017


Pasadena Now

Bonsai-a-Thon this Weekend at The Huntington
Pasadena Now
Southern California bonsai masters will share their passion for the art form in the annual Bonsai-a-Thon on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens at 1151 Oxford Road in San Marino.

Home and Garden Digest, Feb. 24, 2017: Alladin to host free bonsai workshop on Feb. 25 - Santa Cruz Sentinel
Posted on Thursday February 23, 2017


Home and Garden Digest, Feb. 24, 2017: Alladin to host free bonsai workshop on Feb. 25
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Alladin Nursery will host a bonsai workshop at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Michael Nelson of the Watsonville Bonsai Club will demonstrate how to pot and repot bonsai trees. Beginners and experienced bonsai lovers are all welcome. The demonstration is ...

4 tips for bonsai beginners - LancasterOnline
Posted on Thursday February 09, 2017


LancasterOnline

4 tips for bonsai beginners
LancasterOnline
Don't try to grow a bonsai from a seed in a kit. A tree will eventually grow, but you won't see it develop in your lifetime. To speed things up, find a tree. A good starter bonsai is a nursery-grown juniper, a forgiving tree that responds well to ...

This Brazilian Brewer Is Making Beer Out of $20000 Bonsai Trees - Munchies_ Food by VICE
Posted on Monday February 13, 2017


This Brazilian Brewer Is Making Beer Out of $20000 Bonsai Trees
Munchies_ Food by VICE
In the case of Heroica, located in the Brazilian city of Jundiaí (about an hour from São Paulo), the small gypsy brewery relies upon a bonsai master to provide some of the exquisite ingredients they use in their brewing processes. Heroica's beers not ...



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