Bonsai is getting widely popular. In addition to it, there are many misconceptions that have already been spread about it. Before you believe any of them, here is a Bonsai Myth List, to clear all the misconceptions that you have heard till now.
It is difficult to grow bonsai.
It is the most common bonsai myth. But the truth is that nothing is difficult if you are really passionate about it. You just have to follow some guidelines and you are good to go. With time you will master this art.
Bonsai are indoor plants and they cannot grow outside.
It is a lie. In fact, it is completely opposite to the truth. Most bonsai trees are outdoor species. Since they get more sunlight outdoors, they are grown outside. However, if it receives proper sunlight indoors, it can be placed inside too. They can grow anywhere. You just need to make sure that they grow healthy.
Bonsai are expensive to buy.
Bonsai trees are expensive. But, they vary in a long-range according to their prices. The price is high for the ones which have been taken care of for a long time. The time and care that have been invested in them raise their prices. Otherwise, the price is usually normal. The beauty of a bonsai tree can be experienced in any budget.
Bonsai cannot be made from shrubs or bushes and they are only made from real trees.
Bonsai is not grown for medicinal needs or food. It is different from other cultivations. And can be created by any tree or shrub that can be cultivated to a confined pot. It produces real leaves and branches.
A plant to be a true bonsai must be imported.
There are many bonsai plants that are imported. However, many of them are created from local trees and shrubs. Varying from place to place they are created from different species of trees and shrubs.
This bonsai myth is swiftly disappearing.
Once a tree becomes bonsai, it will not grow further.
The growth of the tree doesn’t depend on whether it becomes a bonsai or not. They simply grow less, as they age more. After a certain age, they stop gaining height, usually reaching the age of 90 years.
Hence, the growth of the tree is not related to bonsai cultivation.
Pruning the roots of your bonsai will kill it.
For instance, it is true that pruning the roots of your bonsai tree will kill it. But, along with it, not pruning it will also kill the tree readily. To avoid this, you need to prune the roots properly.
Repotting and pruning the roots of a bonsai should be done with proper knowledge.
Any tree is a bonsai if it is placed in a Japanese pot.
A tree remains a tree whether it is in a pot or grown in-ground. Similarly, a pot will remain a pot whether it is empty or have a plant inside. A bonsai is an art that combines both of them to form a harmony.
There are specific conditions for a plant to become a bonsai, irrespective of the fact that is is placed in a Japanese pot or any other pot. If the tree fulfills those conditions, it is ready to become a bonsai.
Bonsai is a specific species.
Bonsai itself is not a species. Moreover, it is created from other species of trees and shrubs or bushes.
However, bonsai has many different species.
A bonsai needs no further maintenance.
Fertilization and taking care from time to time is crucial for the growth of a bonsai. As a result, it requires maintenance and efforts to maintain proper growth.