An Introduction To Developing Your Own BONSAI
Many most people associate the word ‘art’ with either painting or maybe sculpture. However, there is a largely forgotten art that draws its natural source not from stone or solid wood but from an ordinary tree. In case you haven’t guessed yet, I’m refereeing to the almost forgotten art of Bonsai…
In Japanese the word Bonsai roughly translates to ‘tree in a tray’ and is the art of sculpting by systematically pruning a bush or tree to achieve a miniature or dwarf like duplicate of a tree in its environment. Frequently most people assume that Bonsai trees are small however the reality is definitely not natural naturally. Only the cautious pruning of both roots and branches will determine a Bonsai.
As Bonsai trees are sculpted and grown in a small container or pot from ordinary species like maple or pine, its extremely important that proper care is given to help stimulate the trees natural living conditions.
With this in mind, growing your own Bonsai tree is a straight forward process relatively. Perhaps then for this reason the artwork of Bonsai is this thrilling and worthwhile hobby that lots of many people all over the world appreciate.
But where carry out you start…?
If you would like to grow your own Bonsai then you have to be searching for a sapling from a slow developing tree. Preferably, you are looking for a tree with small leaves too; these tend to make better Bonsai trees. Something like a maple, pine or hawthorn are good Bonsai choices.
Its advisable, initially anyway to plant your sapling in the garden until its more established and actively growing. Once you are happy your sapling is maturing, its time to think about transferring your youthful Bonsai to a pot or container where its more likely to spend the others of its life.
When getting a Bonsai pot careful attention to the form and size should be given. The art of Bonsai is to mimic an ever-growing tree in miniature naturally. Therefore, make sure your Bonsai pot complements your Bonsai tree flawlessly when it comes to its appearance. Also make sure its sufficient enough to support growth of your Bonsai tree and to fully support it.
Before transferring your Bonsai to a pot or container make certain there isn’t a longer tap root in the main ball, look at the roots and trim any apparent offenders carefully.
An excellent potting compost can be utilized to house your Bonsai. A good tip here’s to mix in some sand or grit to help with drainage. Also ensure that your Bonsai pot has adequate drainage holes. This will hopefully ensure your Bonsai tree doesn’t get waterlogged, which if left unattended is likely to rot the entire root system.