The high art of bonsai is the oldest known form of container gardening in the Orient. The oldest known specimens alive today are estimated at 1500 years. This devotion involves much more than the simple care of an inert plant. The bonsai concept has great spiritual meaning. This in itself represents a remarkable achievement involving the daily devotion and care of nearly 50 generations of Japanese gardeners!
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A well grown bonsai is always shaped like a triangle with the points representing the joining of Heaven, Earth and Man on the spiritual pathway. The overall representation is that of an inward image, a symbol of eternity that abolishes time and reflects the harmony between man and nature, Heaven and Earth. The word "bonsai" literally means "plant(ed) in a shallow container.
While a bonsai can be grown in a wide variety of vessels it is best to plant these treasures in special bonsai pots. These can be of many shapes and sizes but most of them have the characteristic bonsai "feet" that not only artfully elevate the plant but also creates better drainage and air flow. The container must have good drainage holes in the base. Stoneware containers are usually best because they help retain just the right amount of moisture in the soil.