The fact that so many people get even the name wrong only exemplifies how misunderstood modern bonsai can often be. Before going looking for bonsai trees for sale, it is necessary (in my opinion) to know a little about where bonsai came from, the various styles available, and some basic steps for care. Read on weary traveler...
More than 1,000 years ago, Bonsai (pronounced bone-sigh) first appeared as “Punsai”, which is a practice of growing single specimen trees in pots. In the beginning, Bonsai had little foliage, was rugged in appearance, and the trunks were badly gnarled. Because these trunks often looked like dragons, birds, and other animals, many legends and myths were born, making the grotesque trunk formations highly prized, which is even the case today.
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. However, Bonsai is actually a way of growing many different species of trees.
ALL ABOUT STYLE
With Bonsai, remember that it is all about the elements of design – Symmetry, Balance, and
Proportion. To train and style your Bonsai, you will need to work with each of these elements.
· Symmetry – This means the repetition of the same shape, with the basic option for Bonsai being triangular. This particular shape is very important in oriental philosophy, being Heaven, Man, and Earth. When looking at the Bonsai, the triangular shape can be seen in its overall silhouette and branches regardless of the viewpoint.
· Balance – This element is sometimes perceived as symmetrical but by using an asymmetrical approach, a more aesthetically pleasing appearance of the mass and void can be achieved.
· Proportion – This is the ratio of the individual parts of the Bonsai, which also includes the pot in which it is planted and its overall design