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Planted Trees in a Container

Updated on February 21, 2013

Nature of Bonsai

Bonsai is a Japanese pronunciation of the earlier Chinese term penzai . A 'bon' is a tray-like pot typically used in bonsai culture. The word bonsai is often used in English as an umbrella term for all miniature trees in containers or pots.

Bonsai is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penjing from which the art originated, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese hòn non bộ. The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years, and has evolved its own unique aesthetics and terminology.

The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation (for the viewer) and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity (for the grower). By contrast with other plant cultivation practices, bonsai is not intended for production of food, for medicine, or for creating yard-size or park-size gardens or landscapes. Instead, bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container.

A bonsai is created beginning with a specimen of source material. This may be a cutting, seedling, or small tree of a species suitable for bonsai development. Bonsai can be created from nearly any perennial woody-stemmed tree or shrub species that produces true branches and can be cultivated to remain small through pot confinement with crown and root pruning. Some species are popular as bonsai material because they have characteristics, such as small leaves or needles, that make them appropriate for the compact visual scope of bonsai.

The source specimen is shaped to be relatively small and to meet the aesthetic standards of bonsai. When the candidate bonsai nears its planned final size it is planted in a display pot, usually one designed for bonsai display in one of a few accepted shapes and proportions. From that point forward, its growth is restricted by the pot environment. Throughout the year, the bonsai is shaped to limit growth, redistribute foliar vigor to areas requiring further development, and meet the artist's detailed design.

The practice of bonsai is sometimes confused with dwarfing, but dwarfing generally refers to research, discovery, or creation of plant cultivars that are permanent, genetic miniatures of existing species. Bonsai does not require genetically dwarfed trees, but rather depends on growing small trees from regular stock and seeds. Bonsai uses cultivation techniques like pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation, and grafting to produce small trees that mimic the shape and style of mature, full-size trees.

Brussel's Satsuki Azalea Over Rock Specimen
Brussel's Satsuki Azalea Over Rock Specimen
Weeping Chinese Banyan Tree 20 Seeds
Weeping Chinese Banyan Tree 20 Seeds

Weeping Chinese Banyan Tree 20 Seeds

Ficus bejamina is native to India, Southeast Asia, Southwest Pacific, and Northern Australia. Great bonsai tree potential. Easy to care for and fast growing. If left to grow naturally, it reaches 40-50 feet tall.

This evergreen tree produces good branching characteristics, outer branches tend to be pendulous. The tree trunk is very smooth and lightly pale brownish colored. Under humid conditions, and as the tree matures, branch-like aerial roots are produced from the branches. Those exposed roots provide character to the tree. The roots of this Ficus form secondary trunks.

The Weeping Ficus has gracefull arching slender branches with pointed, very small, shiny, leathery, dark green leaves. New leaves are very light green in color. Rarely flowers indoors. Small round axillary fruits in pairs are rarely seen on indoor plants, in large part because of the absence of the necessary pollinating wasps.

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Bonsai Boy
Bonsai Boy

Bonsai Boy's Monterey Preserved Bonsai Tree Kage Style

Kage (pronounced "kay-gay"). Its name, meaning "shade", emphasizes its enormous size and strong presence. Neither plastic nor silk, this preserved bonsai tree has real foliage and a real wooden trunk that was carefully crafted and preserved to protect its natural fragrance, color and texture indefinitely. No watering, trimming or maintenance is required. With its timeless beauty evoking a feeling of nature, this accent piece accommodates any architectural setting. Our one-of-a-kind preserved bonsai is planted in a basket container and is truly a unique work of art. This is the ultimate in environmental control.

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Bonsai Boy's Flowering Mount Fuji
Bonsai Boy's Flowering Mount Fuji

Bonsai Boy's Flowering Mount Fuji Serissa With Raised Roots serissa foetida

Beautiful white, star-shaped, miniature flowers. This sub-tropical variegated evergreen, which is imported from Japan blooms profusely with delicate white miniature flowers. Trained raised root system gives the appearance of great age. Easy indoor maintenance. Excellent for beginners

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Chinese Elm Bonsai 25 Seed
Chinese Elm Bonsai 25 Seed

Chinese Elm Bonsai 25 Seed

Has small evergreen leaves which remain on the tree year - round. They are hardy with excellent branching characteristics. Has a twisted trunk and exposed roots which give the appearance of great age. Easy indoor care.

A tough attractive tree capable of growing just about anywhere, bark is often patched in varying colours and fall foliage is yellow to reddish purple. A lovely park or landscape tree

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Brussel's Chinese Elm Specimen Bonsai
Brussel's Chinese Elm Specimen Bonsai

Brussel's Chinese Elm Bonsai

Brussel's Chinese Elm Specimen Bonsai

This Chinese Elm has a very nice root base and good tight branching. The intricate twigging and small leaves make this elm an interesting specimen.

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The term 'bonsai' literally translated from Japanese means tray planting or tree in pot. The term refers specifically to the training and artistic vision applied to the tree; ultimately this will give the illusion of an aged miniature tree in nature. It is more than just a little tree, it is an attempt to represent nature itself in a small pot. Translated as potted tree, bonsai trees are the attempt to represent larger natural tree forms in a diminutive scale

Brussel's DT2101GMJ Green Mound Junpier Bonsai
Brussel's DT2101GMJ Green Mound Junpier Bonsai

Brussel's DT2101GMJ Green Mound Junpier Bonsai

The natural movement of this tree's trunk and branches capture the essence of bonsai, making Green Mound the most used juniper variety. The texture of the Green Mound Juniper's foliage and the ease of trimming make this outdoor bonsai a winner for beginners.

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Brussel's Chinese Elm Cascade Specimen Bonsai
Brussel's Chinese Elm Cascade Specimen Bonsai

Brussel's Chinese

Brussel's Chinese Elm Cascade Specimen Bonsai

This semi-cascading Chinese Elm features an exposed root base which work well with is multiple pads of foliage.

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Brussel's Chinese Elm Bonsai
Brussel's Chinese Elm Bonsai

Brussel's Chinese Elm Bonsai

Chinese Elms are deciduous trees with small leaves and fine twigging on their secondary branches. These trees are imported from Chinese nurseries where the branches have been painstakingly trained for years. Chinese Elms are durable and may be displayed indoors for extended periods of time.

Product Features

* Deciduous outdoor bonsai

* The small leaves are ideally suited for bonsai

* Imported from northern China

* 15 Years old; 20 inches tall

* Ulmus parvifolia

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Brussel's Hawaiian Umbrella Tree Bonsai
Brussel's Hawaiian Umbrella Tree Bonsai

Brussel's Hawaiian Umbrella Tree Bonsai

Interested in bonsai but not sure where to start? Begin here. This attractive, fuss-free tree sports shiny compact leaves. The Dwarf Hawaiian Umbrella tree is one of the easiest bonsai to maintain and does extremely well in low light environments, making it perfect for the office or home.

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Brussel's Golden Gate Ficus Bonsai
Brussel's Golden Gate Ficus Bonsai

Brussel's Golden Gate Ficus Bonsai

Imported from China, our Golden Gate Ficus have been meticulously trained for wonderful truck movement. The Chinese have hand-wired every tree to create the trunks' beautiful swirl. The small dark green leaves make the Golden Ficus perfectly suited for bonsai. In the ficus family, this variety is the best for growing indoors.

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This is a popular cycad amoungst growers and collectors. It's known to be one of the most primitive of all cycads. Zamia roezlii is a fast grower with red to bronze color emerging leafs.

Brussel's Chinese Elm
Brussel's Chinese Elm

Brussel's Chinese Elm Specimen Bonsai

This Chinese Elm has a very nice root base and good tight branching. The intricate twigging and small leaves make this elm an interesting specimen.

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The Complete Book of Bonsai
The Complete Book of Bonsai

The Complete Book of Bonsai

Presenting a unique blend of information and ideas, The Complete Book of Bonsai is a comprehensive, practical guide to the traditions and artistic principles of growing and maintaining bonsai trees. Over 300 bonsai trees and shrubs are described, over 100 of them in an outstanding full-color photographic catalogue.

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Bonsai Wire, 2.0mm, 150 gm.
Bonsai Wire, 2.0mm, 150 gm.

Bonsai Wire, 2.0mm, 150 gm.

Product Features

* Aluminum wire, copper color anodized coating

* Softer than copper wire and less likely to damage the tree.

Our aluminum wire has copper color anodized coating, and is designed for shaping and holding branches and small trunks inconspicuously. Re-usable and easy to apply, it is softer than copper wire and less likely to damage the tree. 2.0 mm dia wire in a 150 gm size coil.

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14 Pcs Bonsai Pruning Tools Plants Care Set
14 Pcs Bonsai Pruning Tools Plants Care Set

14 Pcs Bonsai Pruning Tools Plants Care Set

Features: Brand New and Ready to Ship Heavy Duty and Durable Excellent Quality of Carbon Steel Material All-In-One Tool Case with Inner Flap Ideal for Bonsai Novice or Intermediate Level Gardeners 10-Piece Bonsai Tool Kit Also Available In Our Store Specification: Traditional Wire Cutter ( 8" ) Root Cutter ( 7" ) Jin Pliers ( 9" ) Knob Cutter ( 8" ) Concave Cutter ( 8" ) Rake with Spatula ( 8 1/2" ) Root Hook ( 9" ) Leaf Trimmer ( 4" ) Large Cutting Scissors ( 7 1/4" ) Medium Cutting Scissors ( 7 1/2" ) Long Handle Shears ( 8" ) Trunk Splitter (10 1/2" ) Hemp Broom ( 6" ) Branch Bender ( 3" Between Side Bars When Furthest Apart ) 1 Bottle of Oil 5 Copper Colored Aluminum Rolls of Training Wire: 1.0mm (4 ft), 1.5mm (4 ft), 2.0mm (3 ft), 2.5mm (2 ft) & 3mm (2 ft) All-In-One Nylon Tool Case: 14" L x 9 1/2" W x 1 1/2" H ( Closed ) This is really a must have!! Enjoy bonsai with this awesome kit!! You will find it a lot of fun!! Happy shopping!

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