Bonsai Tree - The Magical Lamp
The ancient art of Bonsai involves the intermesh of horticulture and aesthetics in the growing of ornamental, artificially dwarfed varieties of trees and shrubs in small containers or pots. The word, when translated literally means “planted in a container”. The art of creating miniature replicas originated in the Chinese empire and was adopted by the Japanese during the Kamakura period. But unlike the Chinese, who created entire landscapes, the Japanese started planting individual trees lending them a charm that was unique to Japan. To the Japanese, the bonsai is a realistic representation of nature as signified by an individual tree.
A bonsai tree can live up to 300 years.
- In fact, the Ficus retusa Linn, at the Crespi Bonsai Museum in Italy, is believed to be the oldest existing bonsai in the world, whereas, the rarest bonsai in the world is the Juniper bonsai.
- The most expensive Bonsai tree is a 800 year old Pine tree, which sold for 1.3 million dollars at the International Bonsai Convention in Takamatsu, Japan in the year 2012.
- Popular bonsai trees that are often planted in a bonsai lover’s home include the Juniper Bonsai, the Spruce Bonsai, the Yew Bonsai, the Buddhist pine Bonsai, the Cedar Bonsai, the Japanese Cedar, the Pine Bonsai, and the Larch Bonsai.
Once only the possession of wealthiest aristocrats and high-ranking members of Japanese society, bonsai has over the years found its way into the homes of nature lovers all around the world. However, a bonsai tree needs proper care, the essential basics being the type of tree will decide whether you need to place it indoors or outdoors.
The bonsai tree also needs plenty of sunlight and humid air that will keep its soil moist. Overwatering can kill the tree. Always make sure to saturate the root system enabling excess water to flow out through a proper drainage system. Branches, buds, and leaves will require regular pruning. You will know that it’s time for pruning, when you see new growth that is beginning to affect the shape of your tree undesirably. The right soil for your bonsai is one that offers proper drainage and contains equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
Bonsai trees often make unique and artistic gifts for friends and family. It is like a family heirloom that can be nurtured through and treasured over generations. It is a truly personalized gift that symbolizes balance, harmony, and peace; one that lends individuality and character to your home.
But should you not have the time or the resources to grow your own bonsai but still want a bonsai like feel to add to your interior decor, you can opt for the Bonsai Tree Spirit Lamp. This lamp is beautifully crafted in the shape of a bonsai tree and emits soft warm light creating a serene ambience in your home. Light up the corners in a magical glow. Feel yourself transported into the calmness of a Zen garden. Make it your perfect bedside ornament or gift it to your friend to celebrate a friendship that is as long lasting as a bonsai tree. The lamp can be powered by batteries or an USB cord.
Wake up to serenity. Bring the orient right into your home. Feel the peace and tranquility.