A bonsai for your home
Bonsai is the ancient Japanese art form of growing miniature trees in pots or trays. They are great to look at, and an excellent way to beat stress
Bonsai is a Japanese art form that involves growing miniature trees in pots or containers. These 'dwarf' trees mimic the shape and size of full-sized trees. This Japanese tradition has a thousand-year history.
Like all artwork, bonsai trees transport the viewer to another world. These trees are also a symbol of the cultivator's efforts and ingenuity. Bonsai is not meant for food production or medicine. It is where agriculture and art come together. In some respects, the size of some trees may not be fully absorbed by us. People make bonsai trees for this reason.
It is grown not only for decoration, but for the joy it gives. Each bonsai tree is unique. Sometimes it takes a generation for the plant's roots and shoots to be chopped and moulded into the right size and shape. That is why they are so expensive. The price of a bonsai depends on its age, aesthetic appeal and attributes. Though many of them are quite affordable, to get a good bonsai tree you may have to pay a lot of money, depending on the specimen.
The most valuable bonsai tree is a centuries-old pine tree. At the International Bonsai Convention in Takamatsu, Japan, it sold for $1.3 million [nearly Rs 9 crore]. Many people believe that bonsai trees bring good luck and immunity from disease. People often buy bonsai to work in partnership with the artists/ artist who make/s the bonsai. Many pass it on to their children.
There is a minority which believes that the bonsai method harms the plant. People who believe the plants should be allowed to grow naturally are against bonsai cultivation.
[Autotranslated from Malayalam]