Bonsai trees

Welcome to the Bonsai trees guide

Bonsai trees, the art from Asia, have fascinated people for hundreds of years. Let’s start this web site with an analysis why are they so attractive and what, in essence, a bonsai tree is.

Generally, a small tree formed over many long years by humans, which grows in a pot (usually ceramic one), and which creates a harmonic feeling, is called a bonsai tree. Naturally, not every small tree is a bonsai. „Penjing“ is how the art of forming miniature trees is called in China. Even though the first bonsai trees originated in Chinese gardens, all the knowledge come from Japan.

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To work with miniature trees is an art, in my opinion. Unlike paintings or sculptures, a tree lives it’s own life, might change as time goes by and needs your care. Moreover, one tree changes it’s look and develops each day, month or year. This process never ends.

These miniature trees are interesting because of their exotic look. Maybe you’ve been to a shop like Hornbach or Baumax and you saw some bonsais in the garden section. Of course, man can think about such things for a long time, however it’s always unbelievable to touch them for the first time. The first questions are similar to „How old is it?“, „How could I create anything similar?“, „Does it need any special care?“, or „Would it look nice in my garden?“, and it all usually ends up with buying a bonsai tree. I was no exception. Gardeners usually find out more and more reasons why they should start keeping these trees. Working with small trees is very satisfying, since there is an immediate clearance between a bonsai and gardener.

Further articles will focus on special techniques, spruce and leafy trees, as well as different schools, styles, classifications, care, repotting, wiring, tools, fertilization, watering and containers.

Currently we list the below-mentioned species along with information for their growing.