How to Grow and Care for Bonsai Trees
From penjing (the art of Chinese landscape) to
Japanese suiseki (the study and enjoyment of naturally formed stones
as objects of beauty), discover the tools and techniques you need to
make simple seeds, plants, and trees can come alive and transform
your garden into a living, breathing work of art. From soil types,
to pot and stand design, the beauty of your trees will only be
limited by your imagination!
Explore cutting-edge bonsai information
brought to you by a genuine master of his Japanese garden. Experience trees as
an art form.
Bonsai is actually two words, "Bon", and "Sai". The word "Bon" means "tray" and "Sai", "growing"
or "planting". Therefore, the two words put together give you the
translation of "tray growing" or "tray planting". When you say the
word, "Bonsai" to people, they usually think of a type of tree.
art form is actually a way of growing many different species of
plants and trees. With that in mind, take your time and browse through the many
articles I've written about my favorite hobby, and get started on
your path to becoming a true Bonsai Master!
- Erik Olsen,
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Ficus Bonsai Care
Along with being a great starter tree,
the ficus is ideally suited for indoor
growth. Some of the specific species you might consider growing include
the dwarf ficus, narrow-leaf ficus, and the weeping ficus, all fine
Need a Good Starter Tree?
In this article, we will give you several
options to consider. Each is distinct and beautiful. Again, the trick to
being successful in growing your starter tree is to learn the proper
care and then enjoy the process. Growing bonsai takes dedication and
patience but the result is well worth the investment.
While most people have heard of
miniature trees, there is still a large number that are unaware you can
train a bonsai fruit tree!
How to Prune a Tree
When growing bonsai, the key to success is
pruning. In this article, we will discuss how to prune a specimen so
you can have an amazing tree, one that people marvel over!
Tiny Grape Trees - Amazing!
The Wine Grape
tree is fascinating in that it actually bears delicious grapes that are
edible. Therefore, you end up with a beautiful tree that also produces
fruit. The most popular varieties of the bonsai grape tree are the
California wine grape that includes Cabernet sauvignon, and chardonnay.
While there are many excellent tree species
for bonsai, the Chinese Elm lands near the top. This particular tree is
native to East Asia and can grow outdoors up to 60 feet tall.
Bonsai on a Budget - Where to Find Discount Bonsai Trees
Are you interested in growing bonsai but find you are on a tight budget? The good news is that you can find numerous species of discount trees, enjoying the art without breaking the bank. Many times, people think that buying a discount bonsai tree means the tree is sickly. The truth is that today, because our hobby is getting so popular, you can find a number of discount resources, meaning you get a strong, healthy tree at a fraction of the normal cost!
Bald Cypress (Taxodium Distichum)
The Bald Cypress, despite it's very slow growth, is a very popular bonsai tree, grown for its light, feathery foliage and orange-brown fall color. It can be cultivated in a wide range of soils including well-drained sites where it would not grow naturally due to the inability of the young seedlings to compete with other vegetation. Cultivation is successful in both northern and continental climates. It is also commonly planted in Europe, Asia and elsewhere with temperate to subtropical climates. It does require continental climates with hot summers for good growth; when planted in areas with cooler summers, growth is healthy but much slower. Excellent for the bonsai beginner, the Bald Cypress tree is an excellent choice for someone who is just getting started in the hobby, as it is so easy to grow.
There are many topics of bonsai that it is necessary to research. Most people in the West merely want a nicely designed tree that is suitable for their climate and has certain leaf colors and flower or fruit specifications. But there is a bit more symbolism in Japanese bonsai. (Just as there is symbolism in western flowers, that most lay people don't know about.)
Caring for Indoor Bonsai
People who grow bonsai for various reasons are different then people who merely are looking for an interesting plant, see and like a bonsai, buy it and take it home. One thing that these people may not realize is that the bonsai is supposed to be an outdoor plant, not an indoor plant, although since the 1990s it is becoming more and more as a piece of indoor decor. Different kinds of plants are used for indoor bonsai as opposed to outside, so make sure you place the tree in the appropriate location. So, once you've got it home, and inside your house, then what do you do with it?
Bonsai cultivators acquire these trees in different ways - either by using methods such as cuttings, air layering, and grafting which utilize already existing trees, or by purchasing seeds for planting. Now, any long-time reader of my newsletter will tell you that I'm not a big fan of beginners (or even more advanced hobbyists) starting their trees from seed. These days, there are simply too many other inexpensive options out there for starting a new specimen, to include starting a tree from a cutting. Having said that, it is a frequently asked question; so let's cover the basics.
Bonsai Tree Store : Finding the Best Trees
Are you tired of shopping around your local nurseries or gardening centers, never finding the bonsai tree you want or like? Well, you might consider the internet, which many refer to as the "bonsai tree store". Today, thousands of professional bonsai growers can be found online. Because of this, you have literally thousands and thousands of choices and when working with a reliable company, can feel 100% confident that your tree will arrive healthy and strong. As you know, bonsai trees are trees that are grown to be miniature. This practice originated in China although it made its way to Japan, on to France, and now every country around the globe.
Modern Masters - Bonsai in the 21st Century
During the 15th century, people commonly saw carved and natural display stands in China, featuring miniature landscapes. Then in the following century, a number of books were written specific to this new form of growing small trees, which then led to the creation of paintings and scrolls. Buddhist monks introduced the art form of bonsai to Japan, caring for these dwarfed plants and trees with the greatest of care. Although China is where bonsai originated, Japan made it famous.
Bonsai Baby Steps - Your First Tree
If you were interested in trying your hand at bonsai, the first thing you need to do is get your hands on some excellent resources pertaining to soil, fertilizer, water, pots, and so on. In addition, you want to set yourself up for success from the beginning by choosing the right type of tree. To help get you started, we have provided information on some great considerations for your first bonsai tree.
Feng Shui and Bonsai - A Perfect match
Over the past several years, thousands upon thousands of people have learned the value of bending two ancient Asian art forms - Feng Shui and Bonsai. Because both represent harmony, peace, and prosperity, it would only make sense that the two would go hand-in-hand. To understand why Feng Shui and Bonsai is such a great match, it is important to first understand each entity in its own right.
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