Bonsai is often translated to mean ‘a tree in a tray’, but the phrase doesn’t convey everything that a bonsai is. These miniature trees look exactly like their full-grown counterparts, down to the warping of their trunks due to age, except they rarely grow beyond 3 feet. With nothing but a few clippers, wire, and tweezers, the tree is patiently shaped into the image the bonsai owner feels will display the natural beauty of the tree at its best. These trees are known to outlive their full-grown counterparts, and prized bonsai are passed from generation to generation.
How bonsai are made
Bonsai are taken cared of by pruning, wiring, and repotting. These three techniques determine the bonsai’s eventual look. The bonsai grower prunes away all the excess leaves and branches to adjust its shape. This is very important since the tree will shape itself along the intended shape and it determines the final form of the tree, This also allows the plant to receive plenty of light and air. Wiring the branches guides them to the shape as well as correcting any unnatural curve. The final technique, repotting, is necessary to keep the roots healthy. Any excess roots are trimmed away and the plant is moved to a new pot. At this point Some people believe bonsai are stunted by poor care and lack of water, but that isn’t true. They must be cared for and watered daily.
These days bonsai growing is enjoyed by both the working class and the elite. The gnarled tree looks weathered by the elements, and the lush shade invites you to sit underneath and contemplate the galaxy of leaves. Such is the peace and tranquility these tiny trees give to the viewer.