Secrets Of Japanese Bonsai Tree

An experienced bonsai artist will assure you that growing miniature trees only touches the surface of what bonsai is all about. The word “bonsai” in Japanese is translated as small tray (bon ) to plant (sai) or “to plant in a small tray”, but if you have only planted a tree in a small tray, or pot, you do not have a bonsai.
There are multiple dimensions to Japanese bonsai. For some there is a spiritual aspect, in addition to the gardening and the artistic aspect, that must be be brought together to make a true bonsai. Developing a connection with nature can be very fulfilling and peaceful. If you take the appreciation of nature away from the creation of bonsai it will be less than perfect, the same is true of trying to create a bonsai if you take away any of the three dimensions.
Almost anyone can learn to be a good gardener. Teach yourself to be a good gardener before you try to tackle being a bonsai gardener A bonsai gardener needs to know the basics of plant biology. Bonsai involves a tree’s root system, how its branches grow, how its bark or skin change with age, and how its trunk can be altered. A bonsai artist will need to learn about how a trees leaves absorb carbon dioxide. He will need to know when and how much to fertilize his trees. It takes a lot of knowledge to grow healthy bonsai trees. The artistic aspect of bonsai is very closely related to this understanding of a plant’s physiology, and it would be very hard to apply some of the bonsai techniques without the understanding of plant physiology.
The third dimension of bonsai, the art dimension, is what sees the potential and what creates the beauty of a miniature tree. Like a sculptor that can see a statue inside the block of granite, a bonsai artist must look inside the bonsai tree to understand it’s essence, and then train and shape the tree into form. A tree that grows in harsh windy conditions, or a tree that has taken root on the edge of a cliff, or overhaging a lake, would all have different forms that a bonsai artist will attempt to create only in miniature, and in a pot. In order to train a tree to be a bonsai the bonsai gardener must apply various methods, which may include grafting, pruning, and pinching, to achieve one of the traditional bonsai styles.
The philosophical dimension of bonsai can be personal, or it can be shared. I definitely think there must be a connection of some kind between the bonsai artist and the natural world. Some people relate the philosophy or spirituality of Taoism and Buddhism to bonsai, while others consider it more closely related to Zen philosophy. A true bonsai cannot be created in the absense of a true connection and understanding of the natural world, regardless of the philosophy.
People from all over the world who have grown to love Japanese bonsai have developed a broader appreciation of the beauty of nature, and in doing so have either applied, or learned, a philosophy of life. happily, even people who don’t fully grasp the multiple aspects of bonsai can still be affected by its beauty.

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