Bonsai science is a website that helps you understand bonsai through the lens of plant biology. Most bonsai sites and books focus on the art and not the science of bonsai – this isn’t surprising when you consider that bonsai has been around for centuries, and DNA wasn’t even discovered until 1953ref.
Hopefully it won’t be too disappointing to bonsai newbies to learn that bonsai trees aren’t special biologically, they are just normal trees constrained to a small pot. It’s the bonsai artist who styles them to look like miniature versions and helps them thrive even in a small amount of soil. They do this by careful pruning, shaping and repotting, with an artistic vision in mind.
To get started using this site you can check out the three main sections: How Trees Grow, Keeping Bonsai Healthy or Shaping Bonsai, search using one of the site tags or check out some of the following posts which I think are most useful:
- Bonsai Tree Growth Stages
- Nutrients for Trees
- Old Trees
- Plant Growth Regulators (or Phytohormones)
- Ramification of Branches and Foliage
- Repotting Tips
- The Microbiome and Symbiotic Microbes
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