Bonsai in the original Chinese and Japanese means "plant in a container", and it conforms in all respects to a normal tree except for its miniature size. The cultivation of bonsai depends on careful selection of suitable specimens, skilful root pruning and potting, and regular attention. The aim is to produce a tree of perfect proportion and in harmony with its container so that the whole can be seen and displayed as a living work of art. This illustrated handbook looks at how to achieve the six basic styles of bonsai. It also offers detailed advice on obtaining material, potting, pruning, training and seasonal care for bonsai.
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