Being a child of the 1980’s, I was a huge fan of “The Karate Kid”. Recently Youtube released a TV show as a sequel to the “Karate Kid” series called “Cobra Kai”. Now, if that interests you, please check it out, but it isn’t the show I’m talking about, it was just one thing that happened in the show that made me do research. In the first episode every car the main character sold he gave them a free bonsai tree. They looked so cool, so I wondered what’s the info on them. Turns out they are very ECO-FRIENDLY!
Bonsai (Japanese: 盆栽, lit. ‘tray planting’, pronunciation (help·info)) is a Japanese art form using cultivation techniques to produce small trees in containers that mimic the shape and scale of full size trees. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penzai or penjing, and the miniature living landscapes of Vietnamese Hòn Non Bộ. The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years.
The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation for the viewer, and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity for the grower. By contrast with other plant cultivation practices, bonsai is not intended for production of food or for medicine. Instead, bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container.
A bonsai is created beginning with a specimen of source material. This may be a cutting, seedling, or small tree of a species suitable for bonsai development. Bonsai can be created from nearly any perennial woody-stemmed tree or shrub species that produces true branches and can be cultivated to remain small through pot confinement with crown and root pruning. Some species are popular as bonsai material because they have characteristics, such as small leaves or needles, that make them appropriate for the compact visual scope of bonsai.
The source specimen is shaped to be relatively small and to meet the aesthetic standards of bonsai. When the candidate bonsai nears its planned final size it is planted in a display pot, usually one designed for bonsai display in one of a few accepted shapes and proportions. From that point forward, its growth is restricted by the pot environment. Throughout the year, the bonsai is shaped to limit growth, redistribute foliar vigor to areas requiring further development, and meet the artist’s detailed design.
The practice of bonsai is sometimes confused with dwarfing, but dwarfing generally refers to research, discovery, or creation of plant cultivars—especially coniferous subjects such as juniper and spruce—that are permanent, genetic miniatures of existing species. Bonsai does not require genetically dwarfed trees, but rather depends on growing small trees from regular stock and seeds. Bonsai uses cultivation techniques like pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation, and grafting to produce small trees that mimic the shape and style of mature, full-size trees.
There’s a lot more information after that if you want to check it out.
Now the Eco-Friendly Fun Part!
These trees are great for the environment. And your home is your environment. The crazy thing is these little trees are also good for you!
Health Benefits of Growing a Bonsai Tree
- Growing and tending to bonsai trees is a wonderful hobby and a great stress reliever.
- Bonsai trees require proper water, care, trimming, and fertilizing to be healthy. Constantly caring for your plant can help develop your patience.
- Working with nature, including bonsai trees, can help you become a more peaceful person.
- Indoor plants, including bonsai, can clean and help purify the air in your home or office.
- Bonsai can help you get over your cold. Plants grown indoors can help fight fatigue, coughs, and sore throats.
- Successfully growing and caring for a bonsai tree can leave you with a great sense of accomplishment which is very good for your health.
Who knew a small little tree from Japan could be so useful, Eco-Friendly, and in my opinion, so much fun?
I purchased one to test it out, and now I have three. I highly recommend , if you are eco-friendly, to try this. Growing them is very calming. Trimming them into the shape you want is exciting. And the compliments of guests is great.