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How Bonsai Trees Can Turn You Into An Addict

Jun 17, 2008
There are many articles around that will tell you about the ins and outs of looking after your Bonsai tree. They go into forms and styling, pruning techniques, repotting and so on. But let me just take you quietly into the feeling of Bonsai and why the majority of Bonsai gardeners become addicted.

You would have to have been living under a rock not to have heard something about Bonsai trees. The western world has taken to the techniques of Bonsai with a vengeance since being introduced to the skill by the Japanese many generations ago. They in turn picked it up from the Chinese who possibly first came across it in India. But it was the Japanese that we credit with turning the skill into an art form.

The newcomer to Bonsai could well be tempted to give up before they even start given the seemingly overwhelming amount of information. There are styling rules, pruning rules watering rules, repotting rules....the list goes on and on. But to get bogged down in the intricacies of the how to information is to miss the point of why the hobby has taken such a hold.

There is a uniqueness to Bonsai trees that is hard to describe. Their tiny size and indefinable beauty transport you to a completely different perspective, a place of peace and tranquillity where "chill out" is the word of the day. The noise and tension of the day drain away and you experience a feeling that has to be felt to be understood. Its even better when those Bonsai plants have been groomed by you!

As you begin to care for your Bonsai plant and spend some time getting to know your Bonsai you tend to enter into a kind of meditation. The rest of your busy world looses its focus while you concentrate on the job at hand. You can see the shape that the tree is inclined to grow into so you coax it by pruning and shaping, bit by bit until you have the result you were after. It becomes so soothing and relaxing that you can become quite addicted to your " Bonsai time ".

You have to put in the time and care to achieve your end result. However the thing about Bonsai is that it is the time spent that is the addiction! That is what calms the spirit, the doing not the getting.

However there are some basic things you need to learn before you can loose yourself in this type of meditation. Start with some good quality supplies and the type of Bonsai tree suited to your area. There is plenty of "how to" information available for both new and experienced growers alike and you may want an interesting pot and display table to finish off the project.

If you allocate enough time to the basics in the beginning you will be rewarded well into the future with a great deal of satisfaction and pleasure.
About the Author
Rick Lasslett has had a love of Bonsai for many years. Before you start any new Bonsai or look for a unique gift of bonsai trees check out the one stop Bonsai shop http://www.bonsaioasis.com
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