Bonsai Ginseng – A Worthy Investment?

The art of bonsai has been cultivated over 500 years since the Japanese borrowed the idea of growing trees in small pots from the Chinese. Where the Chinese simply saw this as somewhat of a scientific practice of collecting very old trees the Japanese saw something in its beauty and the ability of a craftsman to emulate a tiny version of a tree, scrub or vine. One such variety is Bonsai Ginseng, a fig plant native of Taiwan and now common in many households around the world as a bonsai plant.

In recent times bonsai has spread around the world and has picked up admirers from Tokyo to Melbourne, Osaka to New York. With as many as 800 varieties a green thumb or bonsai enthusiast is unlikely to get bored with choice. In addition they may indeed become a worthy investment with regular sales of bonsai reaching 20 to 30 thousand Australian dollars and one as high as 1.2 million Australian dollars last year. It was a very large but stunning five needle pine which sold in a private auction in Japan.

So when choosing a bonsai be it of the bonsai ginseng variety or any other, a couple of things hold true; craftsmanship and character including the ability to look at the plant in wonder are something that a true bonsai grand master will adjudicate on. A great bonsai will draw the attention of the viewer and would almost trick them into thinking that this small bonsai is a tree worthy of a mountain top. Many would also believe that a bonsai has a height limit, but this is not the case, with the plant which sold in Japan recently for 1.2 million Australian dollars close to 300 years old and very large.

To get a good feeling of the kind of bonsai to invest in one should view many bonsai pictures and become familiar with one variety be it bonsai ginseng or any other. Having a good understanding of the way a certain variety should be pruned and how it should look will go a long way in providing the investor with the best chance of achieving a positive result. When a variety is finally chosen, be sure to check the plant for damage and the roots for rot. A good trick to checking the roots are healthy is by pushing a finger into the soil, if the roots are slimy there may be some issues with the plant. Other than that, good luck.

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