STYLING THE BASIC FORMS OF BONSAI #3

Twin Trunk Forms In the twin-trunk form, two upright trunks emerge from the same roots and divide into two trunks at the base. Both trunks (trees) should exhibit similar shapes and characteristics having grown together in the same environment. However it is important, that one trunk should be noticeably taller, thicker and stronger than the…


STYLING THE BASIC FORMS OF BONSAI #2

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Slanting Form In this form the trunk itself slants as though growing toward the light or as though exposed to strong wind. The trunk can be straight or curved with branches on the sheltered side lower than their counterparts on the other side of the trunk. An important feature with this form is that the…


STYLING THE BASIC FORMS OF BONSAI #1

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The basic Japanese tree forms have evolved over the years as a way of categorising bonsai and also helping to establish basic guidelines for styling trees. These form definitions are helpful to the beginner to help develop an eye for different tree shapes and to help define different trunk and branch patterns. It is very…


The Effects Of Rain on Bonsai and Watering Practices

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It is now widely recognize that correct watering practices are essential for the health of bonsai. While allowing the soil to dry out will kill a bonsai, so will overwatering. As most bonsai are kept outdoors they are subject to local weather conditions and in particular, the unpredictability of rain. As it is impossible to…


SOME BONSAI STYLE

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Over the years many styles to classify Bonsai trees have been advanced, closely resembling circumstances in nature. These styles are open to personal interpretation and creativity, meaning that trees do not necessarily need to strictly conform to a style. Still, the styles are important to gain a basic understanding of Bonsai shapes and serve as…


Simple Styles and Techniques of Bonsai…

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Every experienced bonsai enthusiast has his/her own personal idea of what bonsai is to them and what defining factors make them aesthetically appealing. "Don’t be drawn into the trap of taking everything that this person says as gospel!" This applies especially if you are using a book as a reference when you are situated in…


CREATING A NATURAL DEADWOOD EFFECT

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Deadwood on bonsai in the form of jin or shari adds an effective feature to a design and in the case of many old Pine and Juniper, a very realistic one as well. Jins on trees in nature are normally created when branches are broken by strong winds, by the weight of snow or by…


An Introduction to Bonsai…

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The main definition of bonsai as an outlet for both art and horticulture is quite wide. There are many myths which are associated with bonsai. These not only provide confusion for budding enthusiasts, but gives the pastime a bad name for anyone not majorly experienced in the area. A bonsai is not a genetically dwarfed…


The Five Main Bonsai Styles (part 2)

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Slanting Style Trees that slant naturally occur a result of buffeting winds or deep shade during early development. Whether curved or straight, the whole trunk leans at a definite angle. The stronger roots grow out on the side, away from the angle of the trunk lean, to support the weight. Recommended Species: Most species are…


A Detailed History of Bonsai…

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Bonsai first appeared in China over a thousand years ago on a very basic scale, known as pun-sai, where it was the practice of growing single specimen trees in pots. These early specimens displayed sparse foliage and rugged, gnarled trunks which often looked like animals, dragons and birds. There are a great number of myths…


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