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?
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.
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
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.
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
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.