Before you even approach a bonsai, especially one being displayed at a show, remember the following:
- Yes, they are real trees
- Yes, they are growing
- No, please don’t touch them
A ‘typical’ bonsai is often imagined as an undefined ‘tree’ with a characteristic snaking profile, in a pot. Not wrong. This is recognised in bonsai as the loose category ‘Informal Upright’. However, also not the whole story. Compare the tree below to that above.
The leaves are different. The first tree has long thin needle like leaves. The second has broader leaves with indentations. It’s almost like they are two different trees…