Bonsai plants are those grown in containers in such a way that they have a wonderful architectural appearance. They are pieces of living art that have been pruned to form certain shapes and styles. Cultivating bonsai plants is a great skill and the Japanese have a particular affinity with plants grown as tiny bonsai replicas of parent plants.
Caring for bonsai is not as difficult as you might imagine. All sorts of trees and shrubs can be used - in fact anything that can be grown in a small container. The most popular varieties are pines; maples and flowering trees such as cherries or plums. Bonsai plants can grow as tall as one metre - or they can be small enough to sit in the palm of your hand!
Have a go! Train a bonsai tree by trimming its roots as well as its foliage. Experiment until you find a shape that works for the container. Then prune regularly and ensure not to over-water. Feed during the growing season. Enjoy!