Bonsai is a Japanese technique of growing miniature trees in containers. These plants are primarily used for aesthetic purposes. Many people take up bonsai cultivation as an interesting hobby. Bonsai trees have always been popular as they make great showpieces and rare gift items. Bonsai trees are very small and the height can vary anywhere between 2 inches to 3 feet. These trees are grown in decorative containers and the size is maintained by pruning roots and branches regularly. The shape of the bonsai trees can be modified by wiring the branches and trunk of the tree. Generally, bonsai trees can live for many years if they are maintained well. Some of the most common bonsai trees include bamboo, plum, camellia, pine, and azalea. The evolution of modern techniques have led to five major styles of bonsai trees, which are cascade, semi-cascade, slanting, informal upright and formal upright.
To maintain bonsai, a good set of tools such as pliers, root trimmers, shears, and branch cutters are required. Beginners can grow bonsai with the guidance of a skilled professional who can teach them the art of training and pruning a bonsai. Beginners can initially start with a small plant of a common variety such as hibiscus, azalea, camellia, boxwood, gardenia, or cotoneaster. The plant can be trimmed using bypass pruners. The roots are to be trimmed to reduce the size. Bonsai trees require appropriate fertilizers to grow well and look healthy. However, over watering the bonsai tree must be avoided.
Braided bonsai money plant tree is highly popular among bonsai growers. Each tree is a group of four to five trees whose trunks are braided together. It can be 10 to 18 inches in height. According to Feng shui practitioners, the braided bonsai money plant is believed to bring good fortune and is often given to others as a gift. It makes a great indoor plant as it can thrive well in low light.
Bonsai trees can bear flowers, fruits, and seeds like any other tree. Little care can go a long way in growing beautiful bonsai trees.