Bonsi are trees and plants grown in containers in such a way so that they look their most beautiful–even prettier than those growing in the wild. Cultivating bonsai, therefore, is a very artistic hobby. It’s also a good illustration of the gentle respect Japanese have for living things and an expression of their sense of what is beautiful. It’s much more involved than growing potted flowers, and requires a much bigger commitment–physically and emotionally.
This dwarf Juniper from Japan is the most popular evergreen in the U.S. When we think of a traditional bonsi and what it should look like, we think of a “Juniper Procumbens Nana.”
Practiced for centuries in China and Japan, bonsi is the reproduction of natural tree forms in miniature. Bonsi trees are living miniature trees which increase in beauty and value as they mature over the years.
This dwarf Juniper from Japan is the most popular evergreen in the U.S. When we think of a traditional bonsi and what it should look like, we think of a “Juniper Procumbens Nana.” This impressive, trouble-free evergreen is an excellent tree for the beginner.
Unlike a houseplant, bonsi trees use a “free draining” type of soil because their roots cannot tolerate “wet feet”. In addition, they are grown in significantly less soil and, therefore require more watering. Factors such as tree location, temperature, lighting conditions, quantity of soil used, and the changing seasons will determine the frequency of watering.
You can get to know when your tree needs to be watered by observing the foliage, testing the soil with your index finger just below the surface, or just by the weight of the pot. (The drier the tree, the lighter it will feel.) To take the guesswork out of watering, we recommend an inexpensive moisture meter which works very much like a thermometer. Insert it into the soil and the movement of the needle will tell you if it is time to water.