What Does It Mean?
The word “Bon-sai” is a Japanese term which, literally translated, means “planted in a container”. This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, part of which was then redeveloped under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism.
It has been around for well over a thousand years. The ultimate goal of growing a Bonsai is to create a miniaturized but realistic representation of nature in the form of a tree. Bonsai are not genetically dwarfed plants, in fact, any tree species can be used to grow one.
What Is A Bonsai Tree Exactly?
Techniques such as pinching buds, pruning and wiring branches, and carefully restricting but not abandoning fertilizers are used to limit and redirect healthy growth. Most commonly kept under four feet (or about a meter) in height, Bonsai are not genetically dwarfed plants. However, plants with smaller leaves do make these compositions easier to design.
Keeping a Bonsai tree alive is really not that hard. But because the trees are planted in small pots, they have less reserves in terms of water and nutrients. This means you need to water and fertilize regularly, as well as put your tree at a good spot. If you pay attention to your tree and water when needed, your tree will thrive!
What Does A Bonsai Tree Represent?
A bonsai tree is representative of peace, balance and harmony. It is a representation that all things are good and correct with the world. Bonsai trees symbolizes the stages and processes of life.
Bonsai trees in particular, play a large role in the symbolism of life. They are in a constant balance and even displays of multiple bonsai trees are generally balanced to represent their harmony.
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