Bonsai is the Japanese art form of growing styled trees and woody shrubs in pots. The practice of bonsai is sometimes confused with dwarfing. Bonsai uses cultivation techniques like pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation and grafting to produce small trees that mimic the shape and style of mature, full size trees.
Jade plants are not generally wired as a traditional bonsai plants and therefore are not shown at Bonsai competitions. Does Jade fit? Technically no, Jade is a succulent, not a tree or shrub.Does the Jade plant make a good Bonsai style subject? YES WHY? Ability to grow in a confined space for a long period of time. The secret is correct pruning and shaping. Many who learn Bonsai begin with a Jade plant, since they are durable, easy to put through the Bonsai process, and attractive.
Bonsai plants must be kept outside. Jade can be grown indoors.
Many Thanks to Sue Brennan for her help in compiling this article.
If you want to learn more contact the Sydney City Bonsai Club, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sydneycitybonsai.org.au
There are many other Bonsai clubs around Australia and specialist Bonsai nurseries.
Tools and plants available from:-
Ray Nesci’s Bonsai Nursery
26 Sagars Road, Dural NSW