Bonsai myths and legends
Shenron Services 05/14/2020
In all the activities we do in life, we always find myths and legends, to such an extent that, sometimes, myth and reality are blurred. Some are justified, others we do not know where they came from. Perhaps some myth or legend will never be solved (you can ask Nessy = Name of the Loch Ness Monster). Those that are solved are the myths or legends about the art of bonsai. Here I present the most common ones.
Let's play "True or False" ...
1. The bonsai is of Japanese origin.
False: The bonsai first originated in China. We have the first notions of this art through paintings and poems that talked about it. So we can date it between the years 221-206 a. c. The monks began to make small miniature landscapes, reminding him of their origins. They were learning to grow these trees in pots and doing their maintenance, learning the first techniques. Then with the wars and the migration of the monks to Japan during the Kamakura period (780 years ago) the Japanese copied this art and from that moment a quite characteristic and world-famous Japanese style emerged.
2. Bonsai are indoor trees
False: Bonsai are trees and as such should be located outdoors, but there are trees of tropical and subtropical origin that can adapt to the indoor environment of our houses. These species need more or less constant temperature and humidity values and cannot withstand sudden changes in temperature. These trees are called indoor bonsai. They are, among others, Ficus, Zelkovas, Carmonas, Malpigias, etc.
3. Caring for the bonsai is very difficult. They are very fragile.
False: Its botanical care is very simple. Like its older brothers, trees in nature, every bonsai needs three things: air, water, and plenty of sunlight. But whatever it is, indoor or outdoor, they both need to be given sunlight, they need air in their substrate and they need us to supply water through irrigation. The maintenance of your bonsai what you are looking for is to supply these three elements, so that your tree is healthy and healthy.
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4. Bonsai is only for ancient Japanese masters who know hidden and magical techniques only within the reach of a few enlightened ones.
False: We can all make bonsai and bonsai from good. I explain my case. I started making bonsai, because I saw a Karate Kid movie, where Sensei Miyagi had some very small trees that he took care of. I had no knowledge of horticulture, or botany, or art. I joined an association, I began to read specialized magazines such as the Bonsai Passion and books by other authors. I started practicing and now I have developed the necessary knowledge to keep a bonsai alive, to work it and turn it into a work of art. I mean, if I could do it, anyone can do it, including you ...
5. The bonsai needs us to work with it during the 4 seasons of the year.
True: The wonderful thing about bonsai is that it is a living art, so your tree will change with nature and with the passing of the seasons. In each station there are works that are better to do because of how the tree develops in that station. The best thing is to make a work calendar for you to enjoy, keep it tidy and your bonsai receives the mimes corresponding to each season of the year.
6. The bonsai suffers when I cut off a twig
False: The bonsai does not suffer, but imagine when we make fried potatoes what the potato suffers…. The bonsai does not suffer because it does not have nerves, it does not have nerve endings and therefore it cannot feel any pain. The tree is one of the most efficient living things on the planet and it responds to the stimuli it receives. If the stimuli are correct (good watering, abundant light, adequate pruning, correct transplanting), the tree will respond phenomenally. But if the stimuli are bad, the tree will respond poorly and could even die.
7. Is the bonsai a mature tree just like the others? o Is it a dwarf tree?
Well, it's True ... the first question.
Bonsai is a tree that grows and matures just like in nature, only with the reduction techniques applied, the tree is smaller in size, but botanically it is just as mature. It grows, flourishes, bears fruit, develops, all the same as other trees. Bonsai is not a dwarf tree.
How are you doing so far? ... Now the last question ... The one with the million ...
8. Bonsai only come from Japan and China
False: Bonsai can come from anywhere in the world, as there are trees anywhere. The vegetal world is very wide and most of the trees can be apt to turn them into bonsai, from our Mediterranean wonders such as the Olive, through the fruit trees, such as the prunes, the orange and pomegranates, the Pyracantha. Tropical and subtropical species such as Ficus, Zelkovas, Carmonas, passing through the Japanese, Chinese and Korean, Japanese Maple, Japanese Beech, Trident Maple, Chinese Elm, European Beech to the most common such as conifers (Pines , Juníperos, Tejos, etc.) we have a more than enough variety to enjoy this wonderful art.
How did you go in the game? Surely good! If you are one of those who follow us, surely you already knew some answers. We will continue looking for more myths and legends of bonsai to continue discovering and sharing them with you. Together on this wonderful path called "Bonsai