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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

Downsized horticulture: Bonsai Society of Portland's fall show (photos) - OregonLive.com
Posted on Sunday September 25, 2016


OregonLive.com

Downsized horticulture: Bonsai Society of Portland's fall show (photos)
OregonLive.com
The Bonsai Society of Portland was founded a half century ago and has grown to 300 members, making it one of the largest clubs in the U.S. centered on the Asian art of training small trees into artistic, natural forms. High interest, as well as an ...
Japanese CG inaugurates bonsai exhibitionPakistan Observer

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Machine Learning in a Week - Backchannel
Posted on Monday September 26, 2016


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Machine Learning in a Week
Backchannel
A startup called Bonsai and an emerging class of companies with the same idea say yes. Brace yourself for the democratization of AI. It's a movement that might eventually include millions of people — and, some say, billions. Today, at the O'Reilly ...

'Bonsai Kittens' Was 2000's Most Controversial Internet Hoax - The Daily Dot
Posted on Sunday September 25, 2016


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'Bonsai Kittens' Was 2000's Most Controversial Internet Hoax
The Daily Dot
But people weren't laughing back in December of 2000, when a group of MIT students created a website called “Bonsai Kittens.” Although the original site was taken down a few weeks after it launched, it still managed to piss off an enormous number of ...

Bonsai Museum holding online auction of skateboard decks - Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Saturday September 24, 2016


Bonsai Museum holding online auction of skateboard decks
Federal Way Mirror
The Pacific Bonsai Museum is holding an online auction of the skateboard decks featured in their current exhibit, Decked-Out: From Scroll to Skateboard. The auction opened online Sept. 22 and closes Oct. 1 at 4 p.m.. Sixteen skateboard decks were ...

Japanese Venues Showcase Tranquil World of the Bonsai - The Washington Diplomat
Posted on Thursday September 01, 2016


Japanese Venues Showcase Tranquil World of the Bonsai
The Washington Diplomat
In the hectic, workaday world of Washington, D.C., photographer Stephen Voss often works at breakneck speed taking portraits of politicians, so he sought out a more contemplative place among the gentle curves and gnarled limbs of bonsai. "In D.C., when ...



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