As mentioned earlier, all trees can actually be made into a bonsai. However, some specific features and characteristics make certain plants and trees more suitable for this type of gardening. Additionally, hobbyists who are still starting out or understanding this practice could have a shorter learning curve by choosing the beginner-friendly species over the more difficult ones. Some plants are also more effective than others. If you are clueless or confused with the tons of choices you have, you could never go wrong by looking at the following requisites.
· Perfect scaling of all parts of the tree or plant. You have to bear in mind that the bonsais are intended to be a miniature representation of nature. Once the tree has already been made into a bonsai, all parts should be perfectly scaled with the bonsai?s size. It is highly advisable to choose trees with small leaves or trees with leaves that can be trimmed down in size. Definitely, plants with overly big leaves would not be a good option.
· Attractive bark. In bonsais, the trunks are regarded to be the image of maturity. The girth is a must and should never be missed out. However, the proper proportion to the entire tree should also be observed and followed. A good bonsai is characterized by the balanced appearance of the trunk. To achieve this, trimming of one or two of the main branches may be called for.
· Balanced look of the branches. The branches serve as the basic form for the bonsai. Avoid trees with branches that look too lopsided or top heavy. While choosing your bonsai specimen based on plant features could be quite a challenge, you should also not take for granted the importance of where you are getting your plant from. There are also a handful of principles in sourcing your bonsai specimen that you should bear in mind.
· Indoor vs. outdoor. Where you intend to place your bonsai should be one of the first issues you decide on. This decision will play a crucial role on your choice of plants. Some plants are more suitable for indoors while others are intended for your outdoor Zen garden. Deciding on this could already shorten the entire process as it crosses out the other options that would not fit what you are looking for.
· Prevailing climate. The weather conditions in your area will dictate which plants will live long and which will not survive. You may be fancying citrus trees for your bonsai but the cold climate in your locality is not conducive for their growth and survival. Additionally, cherry trees would also not survive in areas with warm temperatures. The safest approach is to choose plants that grow well in your area.
Indeed, one could not underestimate the amount of effort and attention that one places on his bonsai fascination. Choosing which plant or tree to use could already eat up so much of your time. Nevertheless, this is just the beginning ? the start of a wonderful and fruitful relationship between you and your prized bonsai.