Sunday, September 19, 2010

One more bonsai

Last week, I purchased a few bonsai pots and one beautiful sapling. Today, I converted the sapling into a bonsai. What is the plant, you ask? Well, it's the Pony Tail Palm (botanical name is Nolina recurvata). Refer to

I cut the tangling roots and cleaned the plant a little. This plant swells up from at the bottom of the stem and the leaves droop like curls of hair. For me, it was love at first sight - instant liking towards this tree. I used a small square bonsai pot to plant. The swollen stem sits nicely at the center of the pot and the leaves (like thin blades of grass) fall elegantly. I placed two terracotta tortoises on the pot, as decoration.

Pony Tail Palm

Oh, this one needs a lot of sunlight, but less water! The leaves are tender, so exercise caution while touching the leaves; be gentle. One problem is that the squirrels may find the stem a delicacy and eat it. We have many squirrels, running hither and thither; my challenge will be to safeguard this plant from them.

Now, I got to wait and watch how this one grows. Wish me the best! The other bonsai is fine, shooting new leaves. :-)

At one of our buildings, I spotted a group of Ashoka tree (Saraca asoca) saplings, growing in sand. I asked my husband to pick a few for me. When he gently pulled the saplings out of the sand, we could see the seeds still sticking to the plant. My plan is to have a bonsai forest out of these saplings sometime in the future. That would be fantastic! For a sample photo of the tree, see

India Jamun Bonsai

About bonsai in India, see Also check this site, According to this Web site, in the 12th century, bonsai was called Vamanatanu Vrikshadi Vidya (in Sanskrit).

That's all for this week. Happy gardening!


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