Bonsai Tree & China And Japan - All About The Bonsai Treewhen People Think Of The Bonsai Tree, They Usually Think Of China And Japan
When people think of the bonsai tree, they usually think of China and Japan first. While these two countries are most famous for growing and training bonsai, the growing of miniature trees can be traced as far back as ancient Egypt. It’s believed that the growing of miniature trees was pioneered by healers as a way to easily transport trees with healing powers for medicinal purposes. However, it soon evolved into an art form and pastime for the wealthy.
The bonsai is not a genetically modified plant or a hybrid tree. Many different trees found in nature can be made into bonsai, and master growers are always looking for new specimens. The bonsai tree is kept miniature by pruning its roots and keeping it in a small pot. The size of the tree is just one aspect of the bonsai. It’s shape and style is the real way to tell the difference between a bonsai and just a small potted tree. The bonsai’s trunk and branches are shaped sometimes over many years to get the perfect style.
Although you can find lots of different types of bonsai trees, the Juniper in windswept style is probably the most popular. This is where the tree looks like its blowing in the wind. The limbs spread out from the trunk in one direction as opposed to being symmetrical. You’ll also see bonsai in the cascade style, where one branch flows down below the pot. Again, the trees don’t grow that way by accident. It takes years of patient training and pruning, to achieve the shape.
Many connoisseurs of the bonsai aren’t content with a single tree. You might see a group of bonsai trees growing in a single pot. This is called the forest style of display. But it doesn’t stop there. Many growers take great pride in designing intricate miniature landscapes with their trees. It could be an indoor display or even a much larger outdoor display in a garden. However a bonsai is displayed, it requires a great deal of care to keep your tree healthy and properly groomed.
If you own a bonsai, you know how hard they are to care for. They need just the right amount of water. A little too much or too little could be fatal. Your best bet is to use a moisture meter when watering. You also need to repot your tree periodically. This is a great time to inspect and prune your trees root system. One thing that kills bonsai faster than anything else is getting root bound. You need to care for your tree above ground and below.
If you don’t already have a bonsai tree, but want one, my best advice is to find a nursery specializing in bonsai. This can be hard to do, but take to the Internet, and look for one around your area. There you’ll be able to talk to a bonsai master who can give you plenty of advice on caring for your tree. He can also help you select the tree that’s right for you and the amount of time you have to devote to caring for it. Its good to develop a relationship with a bonsai master just like you would with a car mechanic if you want your tree to last for years to come.
Copyright 2007 Fred Snow
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About the author: Fred is a self proclaimed handyman fixing all types of tings around his house. He’s also an avid woodworker and contributor to My Arts and Crafts ( http://www.myartsandcrafts.com ).
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