Stuck in the busy and fast pace of daily life in the 21st century. Many of us do not have the time (and in many cases, patience) to delve into understanding the true value of the masterpiece of the bonsai tree.
Despite their small size, bonsai trees are works of art that require diligence, knowledge, dedication and sincere love. Along with the ability to embrace mistakes and take challenges with a smile in order to nurture them.
In this article we will share 9 very interesting facts that you should know about bonsai trees. These facts will not only surprise you but also broaden your horizons when it comes to the amazing secrets, wisdom, and beauty behind the well-known but misunderstood term: the "bonsai."
1. The smallest bonsai tree in the world will fit in the palm of your hand
Extremely small or tiny bonsai trees clearly show the incredible extremes that bonsai art can reach.
Shito – This is the species with the smallest common size of bonsai trees. Known as the "fingertip size," they typically grow between two and four inches in height. They can often be found in pots no larger than a thimble, leading to their second name, thimble bonsai.
2. Most expensive bonsai tree sold for $2 million
One particular example is a bonsai tree that sold for $2 million in 1981, making it the most expensive to ever successfully cross the auction block. The tree was only 250 years old, so not the oldest on this list, but definitely one of the finest specimens.
3. Bonsai cultivation began about 2,000 years ago
The earliest written evidence of bonsai trees is found in records of ancient Chinese dynasties. With this in mind, cultivating tiny trees in tiny pots was first born in China. However, it was the Japanese who created the tradition and aesthetics of what we know today as "bonsai" – so bonsai art also had a Japanese part.
Although the word 'bon-sai' is Japanese, the art it describes originated in the Chinese Empire. By 700 AD, the Chinese had begun the art of pun-sai. Using special techniques for growing dwarf trees in containers.
4. Zen Buddhism is basically bonsai
Bonsai (literally means 'tree in a pot') has been valued in Japanese households for centuries. They originated in Zen Buddhism, when Chinese monks developed the dwarf trees in monasteries, as a spiritual practice to inculcate peace and tranquility.
Virtues such as patience, calmness of mind, achieving balance and finding harmony in life, acceptance, authenticity, respect and love for living nature, awareness – are only a tiny part of the complex but simplistic philosophy of Zen Buddhism. Through the philosophy ofZen Buddhism, the aesthetics of perception, as well as the treatment of bonsai trees, were created – in harmony and in connection with living nature.
5. Bonsai trees are not dwarf trees
It is still a common misconception that bonsai trees are genetically dwarfed, even though there is a natural dwarf tree.
And one interesting fact – many who make their way into the art of bonsai may not be familiar with the practice. That by carefully cutting the branches, roots and stems, as well as applying pressure techniques as needed, 400-plus different tree species can be turned into bonsai trees.