Bonzai and bonzai care
Bonzai has its origin from the Chinese word ‘Punsai’, that denotes a tree stationed in a pot. Bonzai is actually a popular Japanese term as it belongs to the Japanese language. Bonzai does not necessary denote or relate to a tree. Bonzai may also mean a bush or a climbing plant. History has it that these Bonzai trees were initially planted and grown in China and was passed on to the Japanese later on. This dates back to 500 years and it then got a tag of an art work type in horticultural practises or as an aesthetic garden tree.
Bonzai tree is not a very tall plant or a special plant though it is a very popular tree. The Bonzai tree is basically a tree very much like the average trees and has a well maintained outer and is trimmed in order to keep it aesthetic and photogenic. This is what people popularly call the Bonzai art. This is not only done with average trees or small trees but also with long trees in order to make them look well groomed and decorated. The shapes and figures are given to these Bonzai trees with the subtle Bonzai art. Thus, in a way these Bonzai trees too need to be trimmed and maintained like any other plant or tree for that matter. These Bonzai trees also grow with the seasons and time. They are also looked after like their counterparts. The most attractive and fascinating charm about them is the art experimented on these trees as a part of the horticulture practise. All this make the Bonzai trees much longed for.
It is believed that this tree fascinated the western world very late, infact as late as the 19th century. The west could have nothing better than this tree. When the west heard of this and learnt the features of this tree they couldn’t resist from maintaining one of these in their garden and taking the art seriously. Till date Bonzai is amongst the most widely grown trees and a famous art form of horticulture. They are a serious obsession and are exhibited on special shows. There are special Bonzai come-together events like Bonzai shows and Bonzai auctions that lure people from far and wide.
The cultivator of the Bonzai tree always looks into the trimming aspect of the tree as it helps to maintain an aesthetic and a unique look. The person looking after the tree also bears the responsibility to prune the roots every year so that the tree is healthy as ever. This is done for new roots to come up as well as for new and fertile soil to come over. Just like humans, the Bonzai trees too, need space for themselves. They are brought up in containers.
Good news for the first timers, maintaining the Bonzai is not a Herculean task. It is an easy process without the necessity to look into the plant 24×7. You just need to master the art and skill o growing and maintaining a Bonzai in order to make your tree a complete hit.