Pre-Bonsai: Do You Want To Know The Secrets Of A Bonsai Expert?
Do you know what Pre-Bonsai means? Let me whisper to you the secrets behind it. If you love miniature trees, then we are on the same page!
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Are you planning to grow bonsai trees at home? Learning the passion of making a perfect bonsai is art itself. However, pre-bonsai is an excellent choice if you like to create your own version of beauty that will surround you.
I did not say it would be easy. Pre-bonsai needs several years of training and generous effort until it shows its true form. Knowledge, passion, patience, and dedication are the secrets to make an expert’s dream come true.
What is a Pre-Bonsai tree?
Pre-Bonsai trees are the first preference for people who want to nurture a Bonsai right from the ground. Some say it is a tree believed to have high possibility to become a bonsai. If you are new to bonsai, picking a pre-bonsai tree is a good start.
Pre-bonsai usually sells at a lower price since it is not yet in its complete shape and form. This is an advantage if you like to personally train the tree to whatever design you have in mind. I can say that it is a quick sketch or image of what your landscape would become in the future.
It is utterly different from the Bonsai in a pot you see that is for sale in the shops. Do you want to know the difference?
- Pre-Bonsai grows straight from the ground while Bonsai are in pots.
- Shops sell pre-bonsai trees cheaper compared to Bonsai.
- Bonsai is already in its perfect form while Pre-Bonsai still needs training.
Therefore, when you are interested in buying a pre-bonsai, make sure that it is not just an expensive nursery stock. To know that it is a pre-bonsai, at least the tree and its roots are partly trimmed. For it to survive, pick the plant that is appropriate for bonsai training and has good strong roots.
Choosing the Right Pre-Bonsai Tree
Buy pre-bonsai trees during early spring or fall when the temperature is suitable for planting. However, it is best to do some research of your own and choose the species that you like. Pick the size that you think is manageable to become a bonsai and can grow with the climate in your location.
It is not easy to choose amongst the variety of plants, but once you find the right one, you can imagine by just staring at it how it would look like once it becomes a bonsai. You know where to start? The trunk, of course.
The trunk tapering must start thick from the lower part and gradually thins up to the top. The kind that does not have a smooth transition from thick to thin will not look natural for a bonsai at all. What about the branches?
The branches are equally important. You can get your desired shape by trimming them in time. If they are already shaped, and you like where they lie in different directions, then you must be excited. However, do not forget the roots.
“Nabari” or the visible roots add beauty to the bonsai. The surfaced roots make the tree look natural by surrounding the bottom of the trunk, just above the soil. When the trunk, branches, and the roots match the qualities of what it needs to have a pre-bonsai, then you are ready for a new challenge.
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Planting, Growing, and Care
How interested are you in these miniature trees? Every Bonsai lover practices his or her own technique to produce a picture-perfect bonsai. Since you are up for a challenge, let us talk about planting and growing pre-bonsai trees.
Pre-bonsai trees like any other tree are best to thrive on the ground than the limited space of being in a pot. Before you plant, decide the final spot where you want it placed. It is a disaster if you dig it out again and transfer it to another corner.
A perfect spot means adequate sunlight and suitable soil for the pre-bonsai to grow. Once it is settled, it is time for your creativity to flow. Making your pre-bonsai to become a true bonsai is completely up to your commitment.
This art of planting a pre-bonsai is all about trimming, cultivating, and shaping a whole tree to your liking. Do you know that wiring the trunk and branches restricts the tree to grow bigger? By doing so, it stays small, beautiful and easy to prune.
Wiring is the usual method to shape a bonsai tree. Wrapping the wiring to the branches to guide its growth and curve to the direction you want is a technique. Yet, being vigilant in taking care of it is essential.
It is best to remove the wires immediately upon seeing scarred branches. Tightly wrapped wires are not allowable, and it must not stay for a long period. If you do it correctly, the result will be pretty.
Learning the basics of growing a pre-bonsai is simple. If you are interested in advanced techniques, you must earn a lot of patience. It would take years to cultivate and sometimes with the help of experts.
Pre-bonsai trees or as some call it “Pre-made bonsai,” will take longer to shape up. Start planting one now. Remember that it only requires patience, effort, and dedication to make it happen. You will not notice the time if you just keep it a routine and a habit to take care of it.
When you have settled down from the hype of growing it, make your pre-bonsai tree into something beautiful and gorgeous. Can you envision now what your bonsai tree would look like? If this post helped and encouraged you to start planting pre-bonsai, you might as well share this to your friends who are interested too.
If you have more ideas or questions regarding this topic, I love to talk about it. I will wait for you to share your thoughts!