A wonderful way to relax and become one with nature, through the art of Bonsai.

A wonderful way to relax and become one with nature, through the art of Bonsai.

How To Start A Bonsai I have found a wonderful way to relax and become one with nature, through the art of Bonsai. Bonsai means tree on tray, or in container. Bonsai is the artistic formation of trees in miniature. The idea of Bonsai is to recreate natures most stunning effects on trees in miniature scale. Starting a Bonsai tree can easily be accomplished with these simple guidelines and a bit of patience. It is important to remember that a plant, tree, or shrub is not a Bonsai until, it has been cared for through pruning and shaping. A Bonsai is not any one particular species of tree or plant. Many species of trees, bushes, and vines can become a Bonsai. A great starter trees for the unexperienced Bonsai enthusiast to sculpt is a Japanese juniper. To start this hobby you will need to find a healthy Japanese juniper. The best plants to work with can be found at a local nursery or purchased from a green house. The plant should be bought in a temporary pot. Try to find a plant that is at least one year in age. The plant should contain a good amount of foliage and have a thick root structure. A typical juniper plant will have a triangular shape to it. This shape represents the relationship to heaven earth and our fellow man. Triangular shaped plants are the best plants to work on as a beginner. Next item need for the plant is the tray or pot. A strong non glazed ceramic container with small drainage holes will work best. Bonsai containers come in many different geometric shapes, the best shape for beginners is rectangular. The plant and appropriate container have been picked and now you must find the following items that are necessary for planting, pruning, and shaping your tree. A sandy gritty soil, commercial fertilizer, spray bottle, coarse gravel, one set of pruning shears at least 108 mm, one set of branch shears 205 mm, aluminum wire eighteen gauge thickness, wire snips, an…


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