to Becoming a Bonsai Master
We all know about the basic Bonsai gardening, but that's just the
beginning. To really own a masterpiece Bonsai, one must require
good styling skills. Styling in Bonsai trees can be broadly categorized
according to the number of trunks they the tree has. This can be
divided to single trunk and multiple trunks.
Single trunk styling
The single trunk styling in Bonsai can be further classified into
four types namely, Formal upright, Slanting, Cascade, and Twisted
Formal upright bonsai gardening
The formal upright style is also called the Chokkan style. This
style is adopted only by the experienced Bonsai artists. If you
are a beginner you are advised not to go for this style. The Chokkan
style is considered as the most complex style of Bonsai trees. Tachiki,
Hokidachi, Sabamiki, Saramiki, Sekijoju, Ishitsuki, and Neagari
are some the sub categories in the Chokkan style.
Bonsai gardening style for beginners
The slanting style called the Shakan style is more common for the
beginners to use. In the slanting style all the branches can come
to one side of the trunk (windswept style) or a few branches will
come out of the top while the main trunk is long.
Cascade style of Bonsai gardening
The Cascade style or the Kengai style has the bottom trunk below
the pot. The other trunks are formal upright. Two sub categories
called the Formal cascade and the Semi cascade are available in
this type. These are also called the Dai Kengai and the Han Kengai.
Twisted style of Bonsai Gardening
The twisted style is called the Bankan style, which is a favorite
of the Chinese. This style is referred to as the dragon style, as
the tree coils itself like a dragon. Sub categories to this style
include partially twisted and the octopus style (where the branches
twist around themselves).
Multiple trunks style
The multiple trunks style simply means this Bonsai has multiple
plants in the same pot. The styles in these types include Soju style,
Yose style, and the Korabuki style.
with Soja style there are two trunks in a pot.
Bonsais With more than two trunks are categorized as the Yose
style. The Yose style also varies depending on the number of trunks
that are available in the pot. 3, 5, 7, and 9 trunks are called,
Sambon Yose, Gohon yose, Nanahon yose, and Kyuhon yose respectively.
There are styles where the different trunks arise from the single
root. A style called the Korabuki style is also a part of the multi
trunk category. The style looks very different in that it looks
as if the tree as fallen down and the branches of the tree look
like individual trees.
Whatever be the style of your bonsai gardening it is necessary
to maintain them properly with professional care.
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