Mini-Bonsai – Popular with Youngsters | Japan Guide

Recently there has been an increase in the number of youngsters with an interest in miniature Bonsai that are around 10-20 centimeters in height. Trees of this height come under the category of “small Bonsai” and in recent years have also become known as “mini-Bonsai.”

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A mini-Bonsai kumquat with cute orange fruit. (Photo courtesy of Garden x Garden)
© The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum,Saitama

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The “Moss Ball” is a technique that creates Bonsai by wrapping the plant’s roots in a ball of clay-rich soil and moss, bound together with thin thread. As well as being used for typical Japanese Bonsai with foliage that turns into autumnal hues (right-hand side of photograph), moss balls can also be enjoyed with various other types of ornamental plant. (Courtesy of GreenScape) © The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum,Saitama

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“Super Mini Bonsai”; Mini Bonsai made even smaller. Full-sized Bonsaitake more than 20 years to reach a height of 20 cm, whereas a Super Mini Bonsai can reach its full height of around 3 cm in just 3 years. This photograph shows a Toringo Crab Apple. (Courtesy of Teruki Iwai) © The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum,Saitama

As with regular Bonsai, there are various kinds of mini-Bonsai in terms of fruit and foliage; those with leaves that change color in the autumn; or those that produce fresh green leaves etc. Many people place them on tables, or on window sills, to enjoy them. Mini-Bonsaiis affordable, priced at a few thousand yen, and these days can easily be purchased by mail order from the Internet. As a result they are becoming popular amongst students, female office workers, and salaried workers etc.

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