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8 Things You Should Know About Bonsai Trees

8 Things You Should Know About Bonsai Trees

Bonsai is an art. The art of planting a tree in a container. Though it is a Japanese art and cultural phenomenon, it has its roots in China.

Traditionally, Bonsai trees are not cultivated to produce food or medicine but rather they are used to not only show the hard-work and discipline of the grower but they are also created to give the viewer an opportunity to contemplate and think.

Here are 10 things you probably don’t know about Bonsai trees and how to cultivate them:

1. Bonsai originated in China

Contrary to popular belief, this art emerged from China and gradually shifted to Japan. Currently, it is Japan which has made this art of growing trees or potted plants a global phenomenon.

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2. Growing a Bonsai is not About Gardening Only

Traditionally, this art is not seen as a demonstration of your gardening skills but rather as an indication of your stamina, patience and ability to focus and concentrate.

Growing a Bonsai tree, therefore, is more of a self-help type of effort to discipline your mind and character. Traditional Chinese and Japanese culture views growing a bonsai tree as an experiment to test one’s limits of patience and acceptance.

3. Grow them from Seed

It is always great to grow the tree from a seed instead of buying one from the market or getting one from the forest.

Growing from the seed could be challenging and time-consuming but it is considered as the most rewarding experience of growing a Bonsai Tree. You need to make sure you choose the seeds carefully and obtain them directly from the Bonsai tree itself instead of buying it from the market.

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4. Bonsai Trees require caring and time

If you want to cultivate a Bonsai Tree, make sure you give proper time to it. The pruning and wiring of the tree requires time and care.

If you are someone who wants quick results, growing a Bonsai tree may not be for you.

5. You need to buy equipment

Bonsai tree care requires some equipment to purchase and make use of. To effectively do the wiring and pruning, you will require buying relevant equipment.

Make sure you have them handy and available with you so that you can start the care right from the start.

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6. Repotting of the tree

It is extremely important that you continue to repot your tree as it grows in size and vigor. As the tree grows, make sure you report them at frequent intervals.

Changing the pot is extremely important for the overall growth of the tree and if you ignore the same, you may not be able to grow a healthy bonsai tree in the minimum time required.

7. You can also buy them instead of growing them on your own

If you decide to buy the tree instead of growing it, make sure you buy it from specialist nurseries. Since their care requires time, therefore, you must invest time in finding specialist Bonsai nurseries to buy the one which suits your budget and personal preferences.

Make sure you do your research before deciding which quality Bonsai tree you want to buy.

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8. Choose the style carefully

Growing a Bonsai tree is the great source of inspiration if you can also carve out a style of the tree. Carefully deciding on the style matters a lot and you need to be clear on this before planting and growing your tree. Probably one of the most important criteria to decide on the style of the tree is to check whether the roots are fixed in soil or in the rocks.

Above are simple facts you should know before deciding to grow Bonsai trees because if you learn more about them, you will be better able to grow and cultivate them.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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