Bonsai gaining popularity among plant lovers

By TheHindu on 14 Mar 2017 | read

Nivedita Ganguly

Participants learn about nearly 25 styles of the art during a workshop

Both the roots and the stems have to be pruned once in six months: expert

Not all plants can be trimmed and shaped in any style, she says

VISAKHAPATNAM: The world of dwarf plants or bonsai is drawing several plant lovers to develop a trimmed patch of greenery around their home. Over and above the ornamental value they carry, bonsai has a distinct appeal today with the concept of terrace gardening becoming popular. More than 60 bonsai lovers learnt the art of this ancient art at the three-day bonsai workshop conducted by Visakha Bonsai Welfare Society (VBWS) that concluded on Thursday.

The participants learnt around 25 styles of bonsai during the workshop like cascading, formal upright, informal upright, semi-cascading, weeping style and twin style. More than 100 bonsai plants were exhibited, some rare and exotic ones like Brazilian rain tree, at the venue. The collection included Ficus bengalensis, jade, tamarind, gooseberry, Chinese orange and bougainvillea among several other varieties. With shrinking spaces and modified lifestyle, this miniature plant form is suitable even for small apartments as well as lends an aesthetic appeal to the surroundings.

“Bonsai has gained immense popularity in the last few years. With little care, a good bonsai specimen can be developed. Usually, the shape comes up after three years. After that, the plant can be shifted from the growth pot to the bonsai pot to stunt the growth process,” said P. Lalita of VBWS.

Different styles

Both the roots and the stems have to be pruned once in six months to prevent the roots from wandering very deep. “You could have different styles like root over rock, the cascading style with the tree drooping down to almost 45 degrees, multiple-trunk where sprouts spring from the same base or the rock clinging style where the tree-plant combo clings to a rock creating an island or a mountain,” she said. However, not all plants can be trimmed and shaped in any style.

Some wild varieties need to be given shape in a particular style. Some plants don't accept cutting and wiring. “Certain basic knowledge is required about the plant species to modify the shapes,” she said.