The status of exclusivity and elitism inherent in bonsai does not change today. High prices, long-term formation, labor and love, invested in miniature copies of trees and shrubs, endow them with special magic. And if earlier bonsai was considered a status attribute of luxury, today it is spreading more and more, overcoming any cultural and social framework. And the choice of plants, bonsai species is also becoming more representative every day. But not all varieties are suitable for those who are just starting to get acquainted with this amazing art.
Special plants for special owners
Bonsai are not indoor crops and it would be a big mistake to measure them against indoor plant criteria. These are living works of art, a miniature copy of nature that you can bring into your home. In keeping and growing bonsai, you need to constantly learn and improve yourself. And these special living masterpieces change themselves and change their owners. After all, in order to grow bonsai, you need to learn not only responsibility, but also dedication, peace, detachment. Sometimes the procedures for caring for plants seem to be meditative (i.e., containing reflections, meditation) – this is how precise and subtle manipulations with plants should be.
Before deciding to take responsibility for bonsai, you need to consider whether you are ready for it. It will not work to take care of him, like any other indoor plant. These special, human-shaped miniatures that retain their natural look and character, are grown in flat bowls. And a small amount of soil, and the specificity of plant growth requires a special approach to watering, and to top dressing, and even more so – to pruning and shaping. And the growing conditions will have to be selected very scrupulously. Noble and refined, precious and special, bonsai will require special care from you.
Growing bonsai requires very careful selection of species. There are not dozens, but hundreds of options, but the vast majority of plants on which they experiment with the art of bonsai prefer to grow in the fresh air – literally all year round. Species adapted to room cultivation are relatively few in number. And even among them, most of the plants are crops that require exposure to fresh air in the warm season and very difficult care.
Of course, there are also unpretentious favorites, and more hardy cultures. The factor of “habit” – that is, the conditions in which the plants grew prior to purchase – is very important. But ultimately, your success in growing bonsai will depend on whether you choose the right plant that initially does well in rooms.
Bonsai collection. Farmer Burea-Uinsurance.com Christian und Martina
Among all the types of bonsai that are common in our market today, we invite you to get acquainted with 6 plants that are better suited for indoor culture than others. These are not always capricious views, but they feel quite good in the rooms.
For a list of the best plants for bonsai, see the next page.