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Tips to grow miniature trees : The art of Bonsai

Updated on December 17, 2010
The art of Bonsai - Growing miniature trees

Plants are a fascination to many. Live with them and you will know the sentiments of a plant lover. Plants offer a wide scope for experimenting. They add a touch of class to your homes and can bring about lot of cheer and joy to its immediate surroundings. Have them in pots or in jugs, have them hanging or have them creeping, they are always a pleasure to look at and be with.

Apart from flowering plants, green leafy ones too are quite appealing. What do you think of a pine tree in a pot? It's called the art of Bonsai. Now, we will look into the various aspects of mastering Bonsai. It is not a difficult art, but needs patience, determination and the know how to do it. Bonsai skills include the knowledge of when and how much to cut the roots, how much fertilizer and water to use and to decide which of the branches need to be pruned to give the plant that aesthetic look.

Bonsai is the art of cultivating miniature trees. In Japanese, Bonsai is literally translated as 'tray planting.' But today it has grown into a whole new form. It is the art of dwarfing trees or plants and developing them into an aesthetically appealing shape by growing, pruning and training them in containers according to prescribed techniques. Pine that grows tall in the wild, is the most typical plant used for Bonsai. Others can be used as well.

The best way to achieve miniaturization is to frequently transfer the plant into new pots and when doing so trim the roots a little. It is not enough just to plant a tree in a pot and allow nature to take its course. Every branch and twig of a bonsai needs to be shaped or eliminated until the chosen image of your choice is achieved. From then on, the image needs to be maintained and improved by constant pruning and trimming.

Bonsai can be developed from seeds or cuttings, from young trees or from naturally occurring stunted trees transplanted into containers. Most bonsai range in height from 5 centimetres (2 in) to 1 metre (3.33 ft). Apart from pruning and repotting, their branches and trunk are wired so that they grow into desired shapes.

A Bonsai tree should always be positioned off-center in its container, for, not only is asymmetry vital to the visual effect, but the center point is symbolically where heaven and earth meet according to tradition.

With good care, Bonsais can live for hundreds of years, and mostly plant lovers pass them down from generation to generation. They are admired for their age. Although these Bonsais are extremely beautiful it must not be forgotten that they are meticulously cared for over the years and contains a wealth of knowledge about them.

Bonsais are ordinary trees or plants, not special hybrid dwarfs. Small leafed varieties are most suitable, but essentially any plant can be used, regardless of the size it grows to, in the wild. Initially, although things may not go as planned, don't give up. Remember that the Japanese Bonsai masters were once beginners too and they have surely had their share of trials and errors. Overall, bonsai is a great hobby or even a way of making money.

If you would like to earn money by planting trees or running a home plant business, then it is simple too. All you need to know is what it is and what you can earn and how you will be able to earn through the home plant business.


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      florencemanoharan 7 years ago

      Thank you Kulsum

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      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 7 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Very nice write-up. I used to do a lot of gardening and was particularly crazy about bonsai. But these days I hardly find any time for these things. Nice hub. Keep them coming.

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      florencemanoharan 9 years ago

      Thats great mulder. I am growing a few and it nedds a lot of patience to grow them

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      mulder 9 years ago from Warnbro Western Australia

      Great hub I love Bonsai trees every scince I watched the movie the karate kid .