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Sunday, December 25, 2005

More Bonsai information

A link from Delicious bookmarking site under the tag gardening led me to this site with lots of bonsai information. This is another great resource whether you are just thinking about bonsai or are ready to dig in and get started.

Bonsai...The millennia-old art form, still going strongly today!

In Japanese, bonsai can be literally translated as 'tray planting' but since originating in Asia, so many centuries ago - it has developed into a whole new form. To begin with, the tree and the pot form a single harmonious unit where the shape, texture and colour of one, compliments the other. Then the tree must be shaped. It is not enough just to plant a tree in a pot and allow nature to take its course - the result would look nothing like a tree and would look very short-lived. Every branch and twig of a bonsai is shaped or eliminated until the chosen image is achieved. From then on, the image is maintained and improved by a constant regime of pruning and trimming.

Link: The Bonsai Site

Books: Books about bonsai from Amazon.com


Blogger Sylvana said...

My husband loves bonsai. He hasn't had much luck keeping the trees alive though. Hopefully this info will help. Thanks.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Douglas said...

I would guess that dwarfing a plant puts it under quite a bit of stress. It certainly isn't a normal state of affairs.

From my reading, it seems that water and fertilizer are the most important aspects. The trees can't hold a lot of moisture and so need regular watering, without over-watering though. It can also exhaust the nutrients in a small pot realtively quickly.

8:09 PM  

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