Watching bonsai grow and forming them into beautiful sculptures is a fascinating and extremely rewarding pastime. Growing bonsai trees isn’t an expensive pastime with few tools needed, but a beautiful bonsai can be much more of a centrepiece in your home than many ornaments can. A bonsai tree is a living ornament.
Bonsai Trees are container planted trees that are developed to be small versions of the full sized tree. Bonsai trees can be created from almost any perennial woody stemmed trees or shrubs that produce branches and can develop in miniature through pot confinement with the assistance from crown and root trimming.
Bonsai trees can be developed from seed, young shoots lifted from the countryside, (please comply with any local laws regarding removing wild plants in your area), or can be purchased as ready planted bonsai. Although growing bonsai trees from seed is the slowest route, but you do then have maximum control of how your bonsai will look.
Bonsai trees are planted in special containers that restrict the development of the roots but will also enhance the beauty of your bonsai tree. Special soil mixtures can be bought that give you the ideal environment for your bonsai tree to grow in.
Many specialist techniques are employed to sculpt and give unique character to your bonsai tree including trimming leaves, wiring branches, grafting on other plants, short term dwarfing and deadwood, (a process used to age the bark). Not many specialist tools are required to sculpt bonsai trees, and these are readily available for little cost. All that you need to start growing bonsai can be easily bought from a bonsai nursery.
Bonsai can be had as both indoor and outdoor types, many bonsai are best if left outdoors in the summer months and then grown inside in the colder winter months.
And for anyone that likes the idea, but doesn’t want to keep bonsai, you can purchase artificial bonsai trees.
If you are wondering if growing bonsai trees is right for you, I would say give it a try, bonsai are easy to grow and maintain, and take a small amount of your spare time, each and every bonsai is individual, and who doesn’t admire a bonsai tree whenever they see one.