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Bonsai classification based on its measure June 26, 2007

Filed under: Back to basics — Newstudy @ 12:33 am

You may not know bonsai trees have a classification based on the dimension.    It isn’t an absolute rule and the measure of the bonsai isn’t really important. No one should grow his bonsai thinking of the category it belongs to, yet it is important he has those basic notions that complete his bonsai culture.

Japanese people divided bonsai into groups giving them a name. A precise classification doesn’t exist, every bonsai master varies it a little. This one I present here is generic, but consider a tolerance of 5-6 cm (2-3 inches).

SHITO or KESHITSUBU: these are those little bonsai measuring around two or three centimeters (one or two inches), they are really difficult to cultivate and should be approached only by experienced people.
MAME: mame are little bonsai measuring no more than 10 cm (4 inches).
KOMONO: up to 15 cm (6 inches), these bonsai are still hard to manage as little parts may be tricky to handle.
KATADE-MOKI: those from 20 cm to 40 cm (8-16 inches) are called “one hand bonsai” because it’s the last category that can be handled using just one hand. These one are the most diffuse.
CHUMONO: “two hand bonsai” start from 40 cm up to 90 cm (16-35 inches) and are the most appreciated because their proportions are well balanced. In this category there are wonderful bonsai, the masterpiece of this art, the most admired and loved specimens.
OMONO: the last group presented here is the one up to 120 cm (45 inches). These are spectacular, but maybe they appear more like “normal” trees than bonsai. In this category there are breathtaking specimens for sure but this isn’t the group bonsai are famous for.


Bonsai indoor or bonsai outdoor June 25, 2007

Filed under: daily article — Newstudy @ 9:12 am

Bonsai art’s charm lets us consider our plants as an ornament for our houses, but we usually forget the bonsai is a living creature that needs peculiar environments to live in.

It’s a plant before a work of art, and we must take this concept into account when we approach the bonsai art.   Whether a bonsai should be put outdoor or indoor it’s easy to say: no trees were born to live indoor, and bonsai is no exception.   However not every place in the world has the right climate for every plant.    For example a ficus bonsai cannot live in the outdoor in Norway during winter and a red-deal will suffer and die if cultivated in Nairobi.    So where to place a bonsai depends on where you live.


June 22, 2007

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Azalea Bonsai June 18, 2007

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First time bonsai: a 5 points survival guide June 10, 2007

Filed under: Back to basics — Newstudy @ 10:19 pm

More often than not, the approach to bonsai art comes with a present.   A friend, a relative or a partner gives a new little tree in a short pot and he/she can’t tell us how to handle it.
Those bonsai trees are set on a piece of furniture or next to a window and normally die in a couple of months.   Here comes the misconception that bonsai trees die after a short time.

The truth is a bonsai can live among hundreds of years (there are specimens of 1000 years and more), so you are not excused if you let your bonsai die.   But what to do with that strange thing?


Mame Bonsai June 9, 2007

Filed under: Bonsai Styles — Newstudy @ 10:16 am

They are the miniature of a bonsai tree, shorter than 15 cm (6 inches), they easily lay on the palm of your hand: they are mame bonsai.

Mame are more difficult to cultivate as their minute dimensions make them very fragile, yet, if well treated, they can have an exceptional long life.

Cultivating mame rises a lot of troubles, think of their little dimension and what will happen when the wind batters them; think of how little is the soil in their pot and how fast it can dry; think of how big are your fingers when touching its foliage, like an elephant in a christallery.


Chinese Penjing June 8, 2007

Filed under: daily article — Newstudy @ 1:03 am

Penjing is nominally split into three types ‘Tree Penjing’, ‘Landscape Penjing’ and ‘Water and Land Penjing’. All these categories overlap in practice.

Chinese Penjing does not have clearly defined styles (Formal Upright, Informal Upright, Slanting, etc.) like Japanese Bonsai, although they do use these categories as points of reference.

Historically, style in Penjing was more to do with regional style, with different areas of China specialising in certain species of tree, certain techniques (clip and grow, bending with rope, bending with wire, etc.) or certain visual ideas (such as trees shaped to represent or suggest dragons).