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 Beginner Bonsai Tree

 By Erik A. Olsen

When it comes to growing a bonsai tree, many people will shy away simply because they believe this type of project is simply too difficult. The truth is that you could choose a beginner bonsai tree and enjoy growing and training this amazing type of miniature tree, finding it relaxing and addictive. In fact, many people trying bonsai for the first time find they are hooked. The key to not becoming overwhelmed is choosing the best beginner bonsai tree so you can get the hang of this art form without taking on too much. Once you have spent a little time growing the bonsai, you will find it not difficult although growing bonsai does require some level of dedication and effort.

More than 1,000 years ago, the bonsai appeared in China, although on a very, basic level, which was called Pun Sai. With this, single specimen trees were grown in pots. The beginner bonsai trees displayed typically had little foliage and the trunks were commonly rugged and gnarled that appeared more like birds and dragons. Interestingly, these strange looking trunks were then and are still now prized. Over time, the Chinese took the art of bonsai to Japan, where it was more publicized. In fact, many people think bonsai originated in Japan, not China. The beginner bonsai tree soon evolved into multi-specimen trees, different species, and more and more styles, some quite elaborate.

When growing a beginner bonsai tree, the key is learning how to maintain the tree with the removal of some or all of the most important parts of the plant. That means the branches, foliage, and even the trunk are worked with to create incredible styles. As time progressed, these miniature landscapes were known around the world and today, both beginner bonsai trees and advanced bonsai trees are very popular. The exciting thing about bonsai is that you have so many choices of species. For instance, you could choose citrus such as lemon and lime, other deciduous trees to include cherry, or go with pine, oak, and needle growing trees. As you get started with your beginner bonsai tree, just remember that you do not want nor need to make this complicated.

When it comes to placing your beginner bonsai tree in the right location, you would put junipers and pines in full sun while the deciduous trees do better with some shade and the cooler afternoon sun. If you go with an indoor or tropical species, then they too would need plenty of light since this matches their natural environment. With most bonsai, you need to keep the soil moist but not soggy. The last thing you want is to allow the tree to dry out. Therefore, check the soil frequently and after watering, make sure the container drains well. Just remember that different bonsai trees utilize water at a different rate so it will take a little monitoring at first until you figure it out.

The thing is with your beginner bonsai tree is do not feel intimidated. Educating yourself is the best way to learn and become really good at growing and training bonsai. For instance, bonsai are not dwarf or miniature trees but actually a standard type of tree that has been trained to remain small. To accomplish this training of your beginner bonsai tree, you would use various techniques such as pruning, watering, wiring, repotting, fertilizing, and so on. Over time, the tree will begin to conform to your desire style. Then, your beginner bonsai tree will be trimmed, getting rid of any leaves or branches that do not add to the overall appearance you are trying to achieve. The key is to enjoy growing your bonsai tree, trying new things to see just how far you can develop your skill. Chances are, you will quickly learn the process and like most other people, soon be growing more and more bonsai, each with different styles.

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