Saturday, December 22, 2007

Bonsai Selections

How to select your herbs

Did you know you could purchase particular herbs and train them as bonsai? It’s true and all you need is some training, skill, and a few details to get started. You can purchase specimens in the 4-inch miniature range to create, and grow a sizeable leaf tree. The tree if trained correctly will grow up to 3-feet.

Growers have created rosemary and oregano herbs to create bonsai trees. The herbs prized for growing bonsai include tender perennials-shrubs, annual herbs, resilient perennial, and the semi-hardy perennial. The groups however should be separated, as well as the group of thymes, scented geraniums. See the group of Pelargonium to learn more about each group of geraniums.

If you are new to growing herbs as bonsai, you may want to start with the rosemary specimens. The rosemary is an aromatic evergreen tree, or shrub that derives from Southern European regions. The shrugs come from the family of mint. Rosemary is grown for the scents emerging from its gray to green needle-shaped leaves. Rosemary is also used as flavoring to enhance meals, or fragrances to make perfume. Rosemary has a wood shrub, which is easier to maintain.

Rosemary is similar to pine trees. In addition to Rosemary, the lemon verbena, as well as the sweet bay, or commonly known as laurel trees are ideal for first time growers. The trees grow up to 40-feet however, i.e. in nature. Laurel is a tree that produces leaves, aroma, and berries that are similar to the laurel shrubs. The cherry and mountain laurel is an example of the family of laurel. The wreath of the leaves may be responsible or cultivated in foreign lands for its mark of honor in ancient history.

The lemon verbena is a scented ornamental tree, which is cultivated throughout South America. The tree has minute size lavender flowers, which grow from lance-shape leaves and produces a lemony scent when compressed. The lemon verbena comes from the Latin name Lippia triphylla.

Sweet bay is a North America Magnolia tree, which is a miniature magnolia bush. The tree comes from the Easter United States as well, and often has a huge scented white flower with yellow to green leaves and red colored fruits. The tree is known as the Magnolia Virginia family of plants as well.

Additional herbs that are trained as bonsai is the willows, black berry, junipers, oaks, barberries, citrus, hawthorns, calamondin orange, etc. Willows have elongated branches that flex. The branches grow narrow leaves, which its catkins contain minute size flowers that do not have petals. Willow wood is made from this tree, which is the gamily of Genus and called Salix.

Juniper is a common bonsai plant, which has many variants. The Junipers are evergreen plants that bear cones that bear a resemblance to berries. The tree has minute size purplish cones, which yield oils and is often used to flavor gin. The Genus group is also known as Juniperus.

Assuming you is familiar with the black berry bush, oak, and citrus we can move onto the hawthorns. The hawthorn is a thorny tree that has minute size fruits with red tone. The tree is a member of the rose family and grows a collection of pink or white flowers. Crataegus is its Genus name, which this herb is also known as Haw.

Barberries are a shrub that grows red berries. The thorny flowering tree is cultivated in Asia and is grown widely at hedge plants or in gardens. You can also find the group that produces yellow flowers and a selection of red or orange berries. Its Genus name is Berberis.

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