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Bonsai Plant Care

Bonsai plants are a work of art, a hobby, an indoor gardening project. However you look at growing and maintaining Bonsai plants, it is fun and rewarding. The "art" of growing a miniature plant or tree into a unique shape, is truely an art form. Some call it a labor of love. For the indoor gardener seeking something new and exciting to grow, you've come to the right plant.

The word "Bonsai" means "tray planted". It's roots go back to ancient Chinese and Japanese cultures. The plants are grown in shallow trays or containers. Choose the container carefully, as it is an important part of the artistic creation you are making.  

Trees, shrubs, plants and bushes are commonly used. The plants are allowed to grow from just a couple inches, to a couple feet tall. Plants that naturally grow small, and have small leaves, are best. To most, it's not the actual growing of the plant that is so much fun. Rather, it's the trimming, pruning, and shaping of the plant into a unique shape that provides the reward to the Bonsai grower. 


Bonsai History:

You may be surprised to learn that the roots of these plants does not come from Japan. It originated in ancient China, and was brought to Japan over a thousand years ago and became widely popular. In the last century, it has became popular in U.S. homes, blending the joy of indoor gardening, with the artistic rewards of shaping a miniature plant into a true work of art. 


Bonsai Plant Care:

Creating a Bonsai plant is not a quick task. It is a slow, methodical form of art. Many people buy bonsai plants already grown and shaped. They then maintain it. Others take up the challenge of growing a bonsai from seedlings, rootings, or cuttings.

Generally speaking, the plants need the same type of care as other houseplants. They need plenty of sunlight or artificial grow lights. They need protection from insects and disease. They need water and fertilizer. Like other houseplants, fertilize less frequently than outdoor plants. Light and infrequent applications of fertilizer, helps the plants growth and health, but at a slower growth rate.


Trimming, Pruning, and Shaping:

Your Bonsai plant is a pampered plant. For example, growers often allow water come to room temperature, before giving their plants a drink. Most growers put a lot of effort into creating and maintaining the desired shape. It receives continual shaping and pruning. The leaves are trimmed to keep it's small shape and appearance. Roots may be trimmed or cut to help keep a small size. Good, sharp bonsai scissors are essential.


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