Thursday, January 1, 2009

The illusion of age

Age is a factor in bonsai, but it is not important in itself. Being old does not necessarily mean that it will be a better bonsai than one that is much younger.

Outdoor bonsai
Some trees may indeed be over-wintered indoors in an unheated room or greenhouse but many will be left outdoors all the time, perhaps with only an occasional watering so that they do not dry out. During particularly cold winter, some species will need to be moved indoors or sheltered outsides.

Indoor bonsai
There are those species, of course, that make what are called indoor bonsai, for which there is a very considerable demand. Despite their popularity they can be quite difficult to maintain. Many indoor bonsai are treated as house plants, and fed and watered like house plants.

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