Bonsai trees for beginners a new hobby that takes up less space
Beginner bonsai trees are the easiest to grow and maintain which makes them best for students and novices learning this art form. If shaping your own design is something you want to try early on, there are bonsai below recommended just for this.
Many people new to this hobby, like to buy a fully formed tree, others buy a tree kit to do it themselves. To start a collection or as your first bonsai to teach yourself this art form, I recommend a cascading juniper tree with a simple shape. (the tree in a pot slopes down one side)
Each has its own benefits! If you buy a complete package you do get everything but are limited to the type of tree. Buying individually means you can get what you want and try shaping with the proper tools, when you are ready.
This category of bonsai trees are among the easiest trees to maintain indoors and are more tolerant of lower lighting and some watering neglect.
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If you are a bonsai tree beginner and unsure what tree you should buy take your time. First consider whether you want an indoor bonsai tree or an outdoor tree. I feel all beginners should start with indoor trees, they can be grown inside or outside. Outdoor bonsai need a little more specialized winter or seasonal care.
If you are thinking that you want a house plant instead of a tree we have more information here on low light house plants for beginners. These bonsai trees for beginners do not require natural light from a window and will do very well on a desktop, shelf or table. As a unique gift idea you could find a bonsai tree on sale that is the same age as the person you are giving the gift to. One of the most.
You will probably find like all beginners, shaping is the hardest part, don’t get carried away with trimming and pruning. They are miniature trees but in a bonsai style. When you are shaping a tree your goal is to end up with something that looks like a full grown tree. The object of this art form is to have the tree and the pot form a single harmonious unit where the shape, texture and color of one compliments the other.
Every branch and twig of your plant is shaped or eliminated until the chosen image is achieved. Once this shape has formed, you only need to maintain the shape or as time goes by to improve on it.
The top view should enable you to see down through the foliage to make sure the branches are not covering each other completely and it should also have a few roots showing.
As a novice or student if you will, you will need a few basic bonsai tools for cutting and shaping your miniature tree. Go to this page to find out exactly what tools and supplies are available. Just buy what you need, you can add to your tool collection later.
Another aspect central to Bonsai is time. The growth process takes time, and there are no shortcuts. A growing year is the usual time span by which success is measured. Caring for you Bonsai over time creates a deep sense of satisfaction. There is no replacement for time; it is always constant and moving forward. It is said that through the study of Bonsai, one will learn more about life.
It’s all about trees, trees grown in miniature. It is also about time and space and about life and attitudes. Historically, Bonsai was a part of the culture, an important part of family heritage. Equally for Bonsai beginners it can be, simply a horticultural hobby or past time requiring no more than a measure of common garden sense, some artistic ability and plenty of patience.