CRAFTY: Alex McKee has crafted this English Elm from a 25 foot tree to a small potted Bonsai, over eight years. Picture: Olivia Shying
AMONG Bonsai connoisseurs –Bonsai tree grooming is not just seen as a form of horticulture, but a carefully honed art.
Ballarat Bonsai Club member Alex McKee has nurtured his English Elm (pictured) for eight years.
Originally a fully fledged tree –the English Elm stood at 25 feet. Mr McKee cut a section of the tree –which forms the trunk and grafted a branch on the trunk, which now forms the foliage section.
“Bonsai is an ongoing thing –it is a living art,” Mr McKee said.
“You are constantly training it –tip pruning, re-potting every 12 months and root pruning.”
More than 40 different Bonsai species were on display over the weekend.Bonsai was initially used for medicinal trees –as a way of transporting medicines.
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