Bonsai growers are a special lot. They seem to belong to a different clique altogether, a little bit far removed from your regular gardener or plant fan. They are patient, skilled and determined and they seem to speak a language that’s all their own.
If you’ve been bitten by the bonsai bug and are still in denial, here are a few reasons why you should give in:
A chance to create a living work of art
Growing bonsai is more than just having a green thumb and knowing which soil goes with what species. It can actually be an artistic endeavor. Here’s why: if you donâ€™t have a sense of aesthetics, you could get the best plant species to turn into bonsai but you’ll just be wasting them because you can’t maximize their potential for beauty.
It takes a certain artistic bent to create bonsai. If people tell you it’s as simple as planting a shrub, think again because it’s so much more than that.
The whole process of growing bonsai requires a zen-like state of mind. Donâ€™t believe me? Try trimming your shrubbery when you’re upset or annoyed and you’ll see what I mean. Pruning, trimming, repotting, watering â€“ these are simple, regular processes used with most plants but with bonsai, they are taken to a higher level.
Bonsai plants actually help calm down their grower because the simple act of trimming the plant requires a relaxed, happy soul and bonsai will not settle for anything less.
Growing bonsai is a test of patience
People say that patience is a virtue and it is absolutely true with bonsai. Growing it is a test of persistence and if you havenâ€™t got it, better get a new hobby.
A chance to watch something grow old with you.
Bonsai isn’t a plant you can trifle with. Once you choose to grow bonsai, you are expected to be in it for the long haul. Bonsai can grow to be your age and many prized plants have grown to be more than a hundred and continue to become sturdier, healthier and more beautiful as the years pass.
Growing bonsai gives you a chance to create a lasting memento of your passion. It may, in fact become one of the best legacies you can leave to your children and your grandchildren.
Growing bonsai is aesthetically logical.
Bonsai is attractive, period. People grow them, gravitate towards them, admire them because they are beautiful living works of art. So if you feel yourself falling, give in. It will be worth it.