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 Mini Bonsai Tree

 By Erik A. Olsen

Although you can grow and style a bonsai between 19 and 48 inches tall, many people prefer the mini bonsai tree. This smaller size, which can be anywhere from 2 to 10 inches, makes the ideal gift or accessory for the home or office. With this, you have a choice of placing one or more bonsai on your desk at work, on a nightstand, coffee table, kitchen counter, and other places where space is limited. Just as with other larger type of bonsai, you can buy the tree and all the other required items separately, or choose a mini bonsai tree kit. For the kit, this would come complete with a book providing growing and maintenance instructions, a small pot, peat pellet, seeds or a young tree, scissors, copper wiring, miniature pebbles, and everything needed to get started.

The mini bonsai tree is so small that it would easily fit into a small child’s hand to a woman’s hand. Also known as Shohin-Bonsai or Mame-Bonsai, these are simply very small. Keep in mind that the mini bonsai tree does have some seasonal considerations. However, they will produce flowers and fruits and begin to show their age just as with any type of bonsai tree. For some reason, people have the misconception that a mini bonsai tree is harder to grow, which is not true.

Interestingly, any people, even those already growing bonsai, are not aware that the mini bonsai tree is an option. Therefore, if you want something small and fun, you might think about trying your hand at growing and training the mini version. Just as with regular bonsai, the size of the pot will help limit the tree’s growth. For this reason, you see the mini bonsai tree in exceptionally small pots. Then, without any complicated care, the trees will soon begin to exhibit their natural shape and with this, you will have a better idea of the style in which you want to train it.

The mini bonsai tree has a number of excellent characteristics over other bonsai. For instance, you will have a wide variety of trees, they are very charming, easy to care for, the materials are less expensive, they make an excellent decoration for just about any space, and they are small but profound. By growing mini bonsai trees, you can add interest and beauty to your life. Remember, the mini bonsai tree does not require any more work than any other size bonsai.

Finally, you do need to think about indoor growing for the mini bonsai tree. Each spring, the winter buds will start to swell and new leaves grow. Soon, the entire tree will be covered with leaves, which till turn to a deep green sometime late in spring or early summer. Then in the fall, the leaves generally turn from a yellow to red or orange. Next, as the winter approaches, the leaves will drop off, again leaving just twigs on the tree. If the mini bonsai tree has leaves from the spring to the fall, then more sunlight is needed. However, if the tree does not bud after winter, you want to make sure the tree gets no sunlight. While you can certainly bring the mini bonsai tree inside for a couple of days or in the winter, make sure, it is never placed where there is a draft from the air conditioning or heater. Once you get the hang of growing the mini bonsai tree, it will be hard to go back to anything else.

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