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How to Start a Bonsai Tree

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This article was co-authored by Lauren Kurtz. Lauren Kurtz is a Naturalist and Horticultural Specialist. Lauren has worked for Aurora, Colorado managing the Water-Wise Garden at Aurora Municipal Center for the Water Conservation Department. She earned a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from Western Michigan University in 2014.

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The ancient art of growing Bonsai trees is well over a thousand years old. Many individuals are not aware that a simple potted plant is literally the meaning of Bonsai, “Potted Plant.” There are however a large pool of types of plants, bushes and even trees that can be trained and kept as a Bonsai. Though usually associated with Japan, Bonsai tree cultivation actually originated in China, where the trees eventually came to be associated with the religion of Zen Buddhism. Bonsai trees are now used for decorative and recreational purposes in addition to their traditional uses. Caring for bonsai trees gives the cultivator a chance to take a contemplative yet creative role in the growth of an emblem of natural beauty.

How to Start a Bonsai Tree. The ancient art of growing Bonsai trees is well over a thousand years old. Many individuals are not aware that a simple potted plant is literally the meaning of Bonsai, "Potted Plant." There are however a large…