Bonsai are trees or shrubs, grown in pots, so as to remain miniaturized, with much smaller dimensions than the specimens of the same plants grown in the ground; for a bonsai to be such, besides having minute dimensions, it must also have the bearing of an adult and ancient tree; therefore it is not enough to make sure that our plants remain small, but it is also important that they are raised and pruned in such a way as to remember, in miniature, a large adult tree, with a well developed crown. In addition to the single specimens, the bonsai tradition has also handed down to us specimens of bonsai of the same plants, all placed in the same pot, to form a sort of small wood, also in this case maintaining the appearance of a small real and natural wood. and breeding a bonsai is an art that is learned over several years, certainly preparing a bonsai grove is a very difficult and complex operation; these are large compositions that need the care of a true expert, so they are certainly not recommended for the beginner.
Boschetto Bonsai

Boschetto Bonsai To prepare a bonsai grove, it is first of all important to get the right plants; traditionally the bonsai groves are made up of plants all belonging to the same species, in order to give a sort of uniformity to the composition; the plants must be in an odd number, also because the arrangement in the pot is thus much more natural and simple, without leaving large areas completely empty. The trees that make up a bonsai grove must have a beautiful, well-developed crown, and it is advisable to choose specimens that have a crown that starts from about one third or half of the height of the stem, and not too low. One of the specimens (at least) will have to be larger than the others, to be able to shape a grove that still has an apex, higher than the rest of the crown.

We can prepare a grove already starting from the pre-bonsai, but given the difficulty of producing a balanced pot, it is generally preferred to cultivate the future seedlings of the grove separately for a few years, bearing in mind the fact that one day these plants will have to live all together; only when the saplings are already real bonsai, we can begin to place them in the same pot. Traditionally, for the bonsai groves a large and very shallow vase is used, with an edge that does not exceed 3-4 cm in height; most of the bonsai grove pots on the market are blue, and they harmonize incredibly with the foliage of conifers. We can also prepare a bonsai grove on a rock, and here the preparation of the composition, and the subsequent treatments, are definitely operations for great bonsai experts.

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Boschetto Bonsai If we already have plants that can be indicated for preparing a grove, we can get to work; often the bonsai lovers use to prepare a wood plants obtained from seed, from the same sowing, which therefore have already developed all together.

We remind you that it is essential to choose one or two, plants that will constitute the fulcrum of the grove, to be positioned slightly offset from the center of the pot; It is important that the taller plants do not have many branches in the lower part, because otherwise it becomes difficult to position the other plants in the forest. It is also important to place other plants of different sizes, including the smallest ones will fill the spaces, so as to give the vase an effect of greater depth. We avoid planting an excessive number of trees, and we pay close attention to how we place the plants, because over the next few years it will be difficult, if not impossible, to move the plants. dellakadama soaked in water, with which we will prepare a sort of curb, which will act as the edge of the future forest. For a greater scenographic effect, and to give the effect of the undergrowth, it is advisable to cover the soil with moss, which will simulate wood grass.

As we said, specimens of conifers are generally chosen for the groves, such as pinus penthaphylla, cypresses, yews, junipers; or plants with deciduous leaves, such as elms, hornbeams or ginkgoes; in fact, the choice of plants also depends on the number of specimens we want to place in our grove, because if we limit ourselves to three plants, we can prepare a wood with any essence; if, on the other hand, our wood contains many specimens, it is important to choose essences that have minute foliage, and root systems that do not require large quantities of space, which is not necessarily present inside the pot of a bonsai grove.

Some plants, such as ginkgo for example, naturally tend to produce basal suckers; sometimes these plants are used to produce the effect of a grove; in substance in these cases it is not a question of a real wood, but of a single specimen raised in a grove, given that all the plants insist on the same root system. In this case, this type of bonsai forest is also suitable for people who are not entirely experienced, because the cultivation difficulties are much less than with a certain number of plants all in the same pot.

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