The Art of Bonsai

Bonsais are undoubtedly and undeniably beautiful and cute. In fact, everybody is just amazed with his or her uniqueness. Aside from the truth that it is really fun to have them in your garden, another great thing about these plants is the fact that they match and blend well with your garden and other conservatory furniture. Meaning, they add extra beauty to whatever you have in your garden. Lastly and most importantly, contrary to common perception, it is not hard to maintain bonsais as having them is just like taking care of ordinary and usual garden plants.

  • bon meaning “pot”
  • sai meaning “plant” or “tree”

The art of Japanese bonsai aims to produce miniature representations of fully mature, healthy trees. It originated from a similar art known as “P’en Tsai” in China nearly 2,000 years ago, and has evolved from being an art only available to high society, now easily accessible to the common man.

Expert bonsai artists use their plants to tell stories through the visual forms of the tree and sometimes express their own personal thoughts. Producing healthy and aesthetically pleasing trees can be a task that requires great patience. The artist must be concerned with balancing:

  • Water
  • Air
  • Sun
  • Soil
  • Nutrients
  • Altitude
  • Pruning

There are many elements to be considered in the advanced art of bonsai, but basic bonsai can also be enjoyed and properly maintained by adhering to the simple principles of gardening.┬áPatience and time are needed to fully appreciate the art of bonsai. It’s said that when studying bonsai, one will learn about more than bonsai itself.

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