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“The object is not to make the tree look like a bonsai, but to make the bonsai look like a tree.”
– John Naka, master bonsai cultivator
Bonsai is a Japanese word that means potted tree or plant. Bonsai trees are small, living trees that are grown in pots by gardeners interested in their fine and artful care. We offer a wide variety of Minnesota bonsai trees here at Wagners Greenhouse depending on the time of year, all of which have been bred and cultivated to reach maturity without getting large – giving them their distinct appearance. Most people interested in caring for bonsai do so by pruning them into artful shapes through the use of pruning tools, metal wires, and specific water and fertilizer treatments.
The most common varieties of bonsai tree, all of which we offer, include dwarf juniper, flowering bonsai, outdoor deciduous, and outdoor evergreen. Depending on the time of year, others can be available – all you have to do is visit us and ask one of our on-hand experts.
Interesting Facts About Bonsai
- To grow a bonsai in a pot, it’s branches and roots need to be regularly shaped and pruned.
- Bonsai are not genetically dwarfed plants, which means that any variety of tree can be used to make one – some are just better suited than others.
- There are some famous bonsai known to be close to a thousand years in age such as the Juniper bonsai kept in the Mansei-en nursery in Japan or the oldest existing bonsai in the world, the Ficus retusa Linn, kept at the Cespi Bonsai Museum in Italy. Who knows – maybe the next one to appear on this legendary list will be the one you got yourself from Wagners.
Stop in today to one of our retail locations to take a look at the spectrum of bonsai we offer and talk to one of our service professionals about the variety that’s best for your home.