A bonsai forest is a style of bonsai whereby a miniature forest composed of small trees is created inside a bonsai tray or pot. This is generally one of the bigger bonsai creations that may be created by a bonsai gardener. A bonsai forest typically features trees which grow straight and tall with little or no curvature to mar the forest like appearance of the plants.
Bonsai forests may look haphazard, but there is generally a good deal of thought which has gone into the organization of the trees. There may be any number of trees in the bonsai forest, from three to seven, or more if preferred. The entire group is divided into smaller groups and the spacing between them is deliberately irregular. An arrangement of five bonsai trees that comprise a bonsai forest can actually be two independent arrangements of two and three trees. Groupings are completely up to the desire of the gardener.
In nearly all bonsai forests, the trees are all the same variety. A combination of dissimilar tree species is hardly ever created by gardeners. Trees may be dispersed through the entire pot for a large forest appearance or atop a hill or rock. One more design is to have clusters of trees in particular areas. Moss and rocks may be included with the landscaping to recreate a forest look.
When laying out a bonsai forest, it is a good idea to set the trees so they do not obstruct each other when viewed from the front. The symmetry of the crowns and foliage of your bonsai forest will depend totally on your preferences. Some bonsai gardeners have a preference for rounded crowns while others want tapering ends. It will also depend on what species of tree you are growing.
Making a bonsai forest can be time consuming and hard work, especially in the beginning. This is because the roots will need anchoring in a single spot to have the ability to create the forest appearance and to manage them. Eventually, the tree roots will interconnect and you will have a whole bonsai forest to trim and sustain.
Even though none of these recommendations are essential, by following them it should improve the random appearance of the forest and make it appear more realistic.
The cultivation of the bonsai tree has been an Asian tradition for centuries, and bonsai shaping is now enjoying popularity in western society as well. It’s important to learn how to properly care for your indoor bonsai in order to see it flourish.