Overview of Bonsai
The art of growing bonsais is an ancient oriental tradition, in
which bonsai means "tray gardening". There are traces of bonsais
(miniature trees or bushes) in Egypt, Japan and China, and it was
considered that the miniature tree would have concentrated the powers
of the actual-size tree.
Bonsai trees require a lot of care. The branches, leaves and roots
need regular pruning to maintain the shape of the plant. Pinching
is also required and even the use of small wires to keep the branches
growing in a certain way.
Because the root system is very small, bonsais need to be watered
regularly and properly. They are also very sensitive to excesive
heat (which makes water evaporate quicker), sun and wind.
Keeping bonsais in their shape is all an art and there are different
styles that apply to different types of bonsai trees. The basic
five styles are: formal upright, informal upright, cascade, semi
cascade, and windswept.
The cascade style is probaby the most interesting to display,
as the branches of the tree eventually reach a level below the base
of the pot.
For the Japanese, bonsais have aesthetic beauty and are meant
to evoke the spirit of the plant being used. This may also include
the use of rocks, mountains or water features to recreate the surroundings
of the actual tree in reality.
This also includes choosing the most appropriate bonsai for an
environment. There are indoor and outdoor bonsais, and the Japanese
placed them to suit a certain space with a type of spirit. Not all
bonsai trees should be, according to this tradition, displayed in
A bonsai is a very elegant tree to display outdoors, and it makes
an interesting choice for an indoor spot. Get yourself started today
with a Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper (considered by some as the
best bonsai for a beginner) and enhance the appearance of your chosen
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