Art of Bonsai

at Bob Benaim's Nursery

 

 

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Welcome to the Art of Bonsai

BONSAI (bone-sigh):  The word "Bon-sai" (often misspelled as bonzai or banzai) is the Japanese word for "tree 
in a container" - artistically guided by special methods to its natural miniature appearance. Originated in China 
about 400 AD, the Japanese influenced the art by combining horticulture science with basic art principles of 
balance and proportion. The Western world is sometimes more free with bonsai design.

Nature gives us the materials, but the bonsai artist provides the expression. Working with bonsai is not a difficult 
chore, but instead a pleasant experience of growing with a tree. It's not just "raising a tree in a pot," but establishing 
a relationship with Nature. Many techniques are elementary, but attention and love are required. With bonsai, as in 
other personal situations, we are often reminded that Nature is NOT a servant of man.

The triangle is one of the traditional bonsai shapes, and the three points wisely represent our relationship to heaven, 
earth, and our fellow man. A tree's visual appearance of strength and character is more important than its age.

A bonsai is not any one particular species of tree. Many species of trees, bushes, vines, and herbs can be a bonsai. 
Some are evergreen and some are deciduous (leaves change with the seasons).

What is a Bonsai tree exactly?

Techniques such as pinching buds, pruning and wiring branches, and carefully restricting but not abandoning fertilizers 
are used to limit and redirect healthy growth. Most commonly kept under four feet (or about a meter) in height, Bonsai are 
not genetically dwarfed plants. However, plants with smaller leaves do make these compositions easier to design. In fact, 
any plant species that has a woody stem or truck, grows true branches, can be successfully grown in a container to 
restrict its roots/food storage capability, an has smaller or reducible leaves can be used to create a Bonsai.

Look around at your trees, bushes and the hedges in your yard or nearby park, plants in the nursery or wild landscape - essentially any of those can be starter material. Carefully collected during the appropriate growing or dormant season 
with proper permission, your composition is begun. Most native plants can then be grown outdoors: material from 
more tropical climates need at least some protection from the elements in the temperate zones.

Bonsai is the reproduction of natural tree forms in miniature. Bonsai trees are grown in pots or trays and are totally 
dependent on you for their care. With proper care, your bonsai will remain healthy, beautiful and miniature for many 
years to come. Since your Bonsai is a living miniature tree, it will increase in beauty as it matures through the years.

 

About Our Nursery

We are located in Homestead Florida which is about one hour drive Southwest of Downtown Miami. For those of you 
that know the area, we are just West of Krome Avenue (SW 177 Avenue) and SW 256 Street. We will be open by 
appointment only at this time. Please call Bob at 305-206-6550 to schedule a convenience time.

Presently we have a small selection of nursery stock, pre-bonsai and bonsai trees. We also have soil, some tools  
and wire available. We are working to get pictures of trees we have available on the website. Please be patient.

 

 

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