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Growing and Caring for Bonsai Trees

Growing and Caring for Bonsai Trees

What are Bonsai Sizes ?

Another great bonsai exhibition has taken place in the UK, it's the Shohin Bonsai 2013. It tends to get increasingly crowded by the year and the exhibition draws international media attention. The exhibition is popular for small sized bonsai, and here goes the term ''Shohin'' which literally means ''small goods'' and basically refers to small sizes of trees encompassing mame, kifu and gafu sized bonsai from a mere inch to 1 foot in height! Although such are not my personal favorites, it is still worth to visit the exhibition and study the different techniques and ways of display.

The reason for increasing popularity is due to limitations of time, space and finances that fans and enthusiast encounter. And it is understood that to grow bonsai well you must have at least one of the following, time space and money. But beside the Shohin exhibition which is popular for small sized trees, there are plenty of others around the world for different types of sizes as well..the basics are simple, the smaller your apartment the smaller the bonsai. I would suggest Omono to start with a good type of maple. Here are some important ones:

If you ever wish to take part in an exhibition, please take note of common names for bonsai size classes as it is important. Not every exhibition will offer to view all size classes.

Here another perfect example of deadwood combined with the tree itself. It makes a perfect match and marvelous for in and outdoor display. This type of three might be a little bit pricey and not the right thing for beginners to start with a bonsai. Did you also know that wounds on bonsai trees do not heal in the same manner as the wounds of humans or animals. The best is to start with a small bonsai, maples and chinese elms are ideal for beginners.

That is to say, trees are not able to repair damaged tissue, instead they continue to manufacture a new layer of cells with each years growth, until the wounds is entirely covered over. The length of time this healing process depends upon the size of the wound and the overall size of each new annual growth ring.

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