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This is what a 150 year old Bonsai looks like (IMAGE)

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info-pictogram1A bonsai is not a mystery– it is a challenge….to turn a tree into a bonsai, you must heavily prune its branches and roots, and pot it in a container that fits the overall design. The size of the bonsai is maintained by seasonal trimming of new growth and periodic root pruning and repotting. Most bonsai must live outdoors in the same elements as their gigantic siblings. In temperate zones, tropicals and sub-tropicals are adaptable to indoor conditions. During the growing season almost all trees should be kept outdoors.

This 400 year old White Pine bonsai survived the Hiroshima bombing. (IMAGE)

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info-pictogram1 Patience is a virtue. One of the most important aspects of bonsai cultivation is embracing the learning curve and leaving room for trial and error. Every tree has its own share of faults, so it’s vital that bonsai growers do their fair share of research to see how they want their trees to turn out after the growing process. Additionally, many trees don’t start out as being very attractive, but by persevering through the process and following the advice of bonsai growers around the world, it can turn into an instant showpiece for a person’s home.

Bonsai trees are one of the most innovative plant gifts on the market today, but it takes a special temperament and plenty of trial and error to grow them effectively. These could be a great plants for friends who have meticulous personalities to see its growing process through to the end.