You may or may not have heard of a Bonsai Tree, and chances are likely, you are not aware of all the benefits that come with growing one. The truth is that Bonsai is actually a form of art. It is a hobby that can relieve stress, and more. Best of all, anyone at any time can decide they would like to grow a Bonsai. Although they will need to educate themselves of what is all involved, as the grower, you define the masterpiece.
History of the Bonsai
Many of us are not aware of the history behind a Bonsai. It actually originated more than 1,000 years ago in China. From there, it traveled on to Japan several years later where the Bonsai became more of a refined art. Although Zen, and the Buddhists played a significant role in the meaning behind the Bonsai, with time, the Bonsai took on various styles. In the 1900s those passing through Japan became intrigued with the beautiful miniature trees, and the demand soared.
People would attend special training designed to learn the art. Different types of Bonsai trees and techniques came about as the popularity grew. What was once designated as a symbol of upper class families now became a joy shared by many. What once was a representation of honor, has now become a display of art that brings much more than beauty, but a discipline.
Benefits of Growing a Bonsai Tree
Other than the fact that these trees are simply beautiful they also offer many other benefits beyond splendor. There is deep philosophy in the spiritual dimension of the art as the grower. With that being said, it is a relaxing hobby. The process brings a Zen state of mind. As you trim, prune, re pot, water, and so on, it takes your mind elsewhere and allows you to focus on these simple tasks. Since patience is also a requirement of the grower, this much needed virtue is certainly tested throughout the Bonsai growing process. If you have patience, it will be practiced and if you don’t, it can even be learned. You also get to experience creating a piece of art that is actually living. You get a sense of aesthetics and learn how to maximize the beauty of the plant. As the Bonsai grows, others will also admire them, giving you a sense of accomplishment. Lastly, many people enjoy the benefit of growing something that can last a lifetime. A Bonsai will literally grow old with you and many even last well over one-hundred years. This means you will get to enjoy your creation for years to come.
How to Get Started
There are two ways to go about growing a Bonsai. One way is to purchase one and care for it, while the other is to start from scratch. The ideal way to grow a Bonsai is from the very beginning, which all begins with a seed. You can purchase a tree seed from either online, or any store that sells tree seeds. The reason why it stays miniature is because of the care you give the Bonsai as the grower. Stay away from sites that claim to sell Bonsai seeds, because in reality there is no such thing. The next thing you are going to need is education. You will need to learn how to care for the tree, what techniques can be used, what tools can be used, and so on. To find information on how to specifically grow a Bonsai there are several books available as well as resources online.
Before you decide to grow a Bonsai, you will need to know some basic information before deciding what Bonsai to grow. You should consider style which includes Cascade, Semi Cascade, Literati, Slanted styles, and more. Although there are several styles , but these particular ones are more popular.
You will also need to consider whether you would like to grow the Bonsai inside or outside. The different techniques will include how the Bonsai will be repotted, how you will get rid of pests, how you will water your Bonsai, how you will fertilize it, what container it will go in, how you will soil it, and so on. This is why knowledge of growing a Bonsai is so important.
There are all sorts of tools that can be used in growing the Bonsai as well. You will need certain wiring that will help to shape the tree, and along with that, wire cutters. You will need tools to prune the Bonsai and same for budding shears that will allow you to trim the small branches. A concave cutter will cut both the roots and branches without leaving markings. A Bonsai root hook will be used during the repotting process. You will even need a Bonsai rake, and many more tools to properly care for your Bonsai.
So you can see growing a Bonsai is much more than a green thumb! It will take all sorts of knowledge, patience, understanding, dedication, discipline, and so on. If you have a Bonsai or are interested in growing one, please share your questions, experiences, and opinions!