Japanese Maple Acer palmatum is chosen for bonsai primarily due to its lobed leaves, color, and its adaptability to become a bonsai. Also, there are countless varieties and the bonsai tree can be formed in a variety of styles. Position: The Japanese Maple prefers a sunny, airy position but during great midday heat it should be placed in the light shade to prevent damaged leaves.
When it comes to the Japanese art and science of Bonsai, it uses masterful and careful pruning, training, and care techniques, creating a miniature version of a wild tree, yet naturally realistic and beautiful plant. As contrary to the most popular belief, a bonsai tree is not a specific species of a dwarf tree. The fact is any tree species can be cultivated, trained, and grown to become a beautiful bonsai.
I was looking over my posts recently for ideas of what I could write about for a new post and it occurred to me that I have never shared with you the progression of my very first Acacia. The only post on Acacia that I have previously written was of a customer's tree and how I restyled it You can read that here. Progressions are always fun as they remind the reader that all bonsai had a beginning, often a very humble one.
If you are not an experienced bonsai enthusiast, you may be wondering why are bonsai trees so expensive. On the one hand, bonsai plants are, indeed, miniature trees that represent the authentic beauty and majesty of the living nature when cultivated in a small container. But apart from the small size, it is the entire spectrum of care, attention, dedication, knowledge, and artistic skills needed to create a bonsai tree masterpiece often remain invisible to the eye.
Bonsai are living works of art, some famous trees are hundreds of years old. These trees are priceless and when for sale, very expensive. But at the same time, we can also purchase Bonsai at a local garden center, for just a few bucks.
Bonsai, which is the Japanese art of growing small trees in containers, dates back to about the 6th century BCE. During this time period, Imperial embassy personnel and Buddhist students would travel to China and bring back container plantings called penjing the ancient art of depicting artistically formed trees and landscapes in miniature. One of the hallmarks of the art of bonsai is that with proper care, a tree can survive for many years and be passed down as a family heirloom.
The Japanese art of Bonsai uses careful and masterful pruning and care techniques to create a miniature, yet naturally realistic plant. Contrary to popular belief, Bonsai trees are not a particular species of dwarf tree or plant. In fact, any species of tree can be grown and trained to become a Bonsai.
Trees can grow for thousands of years. Bonsai trees, if well kept, can also become very old. How long does a bonsai tree live for?