Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bonsai 盆栽

a penjing collection at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, this trident maple, Acer buergerianum, has its roots growing over a rock and its foliage and stems timmed in the shape of a dragon.
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Bonsai is from the Japanese word 盆栽 ( literally potted cultivation ), is the art of growing trees in containers. The art of bonsai however was originated from China’s 盆景 penjing ( literally tray scenery ), also known as盆栽 .

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Japanese bonsai is derived from penjing. There are difference between penjing and bonsai , but have been blurred by most practitioners whom did not follow the traditional styling and display guidelines. Most layman do not even know the difference between them !

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Bonsai uses cultivation techniques like pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation, and grafting to produce small trees that mimic the shape and style of mature, full-sized trees.

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The purpose of bonsai are primarily contemplation for the viewer and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity for the grower.

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Controversies

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While it is without doubt, a bonsai or penjing is a work of art. But one may wander if this extreme ‘stunted’ is a form of cruelty ?

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a collection at the Naional Bonsai & Penjing Museum, this is a dwarf Japanese Juniper, Juniperus procumbens 'Nana'



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