For anyone who wants to know about growing a bonsia or who already has one,everything you need to know about growing one is here in this easy to follow guide, from different trees to choose from, to growing, to care and pruning you will find it here without having to buy some costly book to tell you the same things I am revealing for free about the bonsai.
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Bonsai’ is a Japanese word meaning ‘trees growing in shallow containers’.By the eighth century A.D. the Chinese and Indians were reputed for growing miniature trees in containers,however;by the 10 century A.D the Japanese took up the idea, developing it and turning it into a living art form.
Bonsai are kept small by keeping them pruned and growing them in a container which constricts their root growth and are rarely exceed 2 feet in height. Those grown outdoors sometimes do and those that are grouped together are usually less than 2 feet. One of the traditions of bonsai that are grouped together is that an uneven number of trees are usually grown. This is because the Japanese uneven numbers as a representation of longevity. A group of four trees is never grown because the word four in Japanese is similar to the word death.
Trees to choose
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As a general rule of thumb the best trees to choose for a bonsai are those that are small and slow growers because unlike fast growing trees that can reach up to 100 feet in 50 years slow growers will only reach 20 feet. Evergreens are popular and vary little from season to season but you can also grow flowering and fruit trees although you must remember for fruit trees make it small fruits like a crab apple rather then eating apple. The tree you decide to grow should have small leaves or needles which do not take away from the perfect look of the miniature tree. The leaves on a bonsai will be naturally small however if you choose a tree with already natural small leaves you will have a head start in the process.
There are many trees that are not normally regarded as a bonsai however; they can be successfully grown into one. Although, do remember before going out and buying just any tree, find out the root habits and soil preferences of the tree, the more you know about it the greater chance you will have growing it successfully as a bonsai.
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