I know many bonsai artists who cringe at the words 'artificial bonsai trees'.
However, if you or someone you know is not good at growing bonsai trees, or any other kind of plants for that matter, they are a consideration.
At one time, the only false bonsai trees available were obviously plastic and not very attractive. Today there are silk bonsai, plastic, clay and preserved trees that are much more realistic looking.
Some are good imitations, others are lame commercial attempts at tradition. Still others are actually pieces of art. And then there is just plain fun.
In recent years, the bonsai preserved tree has come into popularity.
According to the manufacturer, the bonsai shown here has real tree foliage preserved using “a 100% natural process.”
They are then attached to trunks from real plants and placed in bonsai containers (usually mounted in foam or resin.) Many even have realistic looking moss.
Silk plants have also gained in popularity. Many are very realistic appearing.
Varying types of artificial bonsai may be the perfect answer for hotels and restaurants or even the person who insists on a “coffee table bonsai ."
Do you have a dark corner that is crying out for a plant ?
Instead of killing a live Japanese bonsai tree, consider a preserved bonsai tree, silk bonsai or a beautiful piece of bonsai art.
No pests on artificial bonsai trees – guaranteed!
You never know where you may find one.
This little bonsai was in sitting on a shelf in a 'Home Goods' store.
I recently saw a another very good little tree in a thrift shop!
Also check online for sources.
Over my many years of growing bonsai trees, I have received a number of artificial bonsai trees as 'joke' gifts.
This one was from a friend in Peru, and yes, it did give me a smile.
The 'gems' are actually colorful seeds.
(I later discovered the seeds are poisonous!)
Paul Finch is a British bonsai artist, and an amazing sculptor!
It's hard to believe the clay sculpture above is not alive !
Ken To is another creative bonsai hobbyist.
His bonsai hobby led him to an additional pastime creating other little trees.
See the page of wire tree sculptures, such as the one shown here.
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