Our earth has gone through a lot of deforestation. Almost half of our jungle and more than half of our trees have been destroyed just to our demands. Regular deforestation has caused some severe damage to our earth, which has affected us very badly.
Lack of fresh air, land sliding, extinction of both plants, and plant-dependent animals have seen some severe increase. This has created a sudden demand for as much plantation as possible.
People are becoming more and more concerned about deforestation. We have started growing plants and other shrubs in our garden to contribute to making our earth green once again.
We cannot undo the deforestation, but we can think about many ways utilizing which we will be able to increase the greenery. Gardens and backyards are something which has been used to increase the greenery around our houses.
But can we plant trees inside our house? Is there any way by which we can grow plants inside of our house without the need for much space?
In this article, we are going to discuss one of the ancient techniques. This technique has been used to plant original trees inside of our houses. We will tell you more about it as we will move further in this article.
This article will tell you more about this technique and how you can use this technique to grow a Brazilian rain tree.
What Does Bonsai Mean?
This is the technique we were talking about. Having the literal meaning ‘tray planting’ is an ancient technique that originated in China. In this technique, people grow a miniature of a real tree either in a pot or a tray. The tree looks exactly like that of a fully grown tree but has a tiny size compared to the original tree seen in the forest or on land.
The art gained popularity from Japan, where people have many bonsais of many trees inside their houses. After that, many countries acquired this technique and started growing bonsai of their native trees.
This technique has seen a sudden increase in recent years. This is because of the growing concern about the plantation. People majorly do not have enough space in which they can plant trees. This technique has helped them grow the plant inside their houses within as little space as a small tray and pot. But why? Why would someone do that? Is there any purpose?
Benefits of having a Bonsai
It is believed that a bonsai in your house keeps you relax and changes the aura of your house. Many people relate it to a calming state of mind. Many often claim that it helps them feel more soothing and when someone sees it, it creates a sense of satisfaction.
You will come across a lot of sayings and pieces of advice regarding the benefits of having a bonsai. But one thing you should know that people from different countries have different suggestions regarding bonsai trees. One best benefit is that it makes the grower more caring and hardworking.
Brazilian Rain Tree Bonsai
Among all the bonsai that has been growing worldwide, the Brazilian raintree is quite famous. Brazilian rain tree belongs to the family of legumes like beans and peas. As its name suggests, it is native to Brazil, which is in South America but can be found in many parts of Central America.
The climate of that region is quite hot and dry; people living there know the climate well. They can be seen growing even in sandy areas as well.
Brazilian rain trees have dark green leaves that are small in size, and this is one reason why bonsai enthusiasts grow bonsai of mainly Brazilian rain trees. An exciting feature of the leaves is that it shrinks in the night and when sunlight begins to fall on it, they open flat. The shrinkage of leaves can be seen when the temperature rises more than enough as well.
Talking about the trunk of the Brazilian rain tree, its trunk is brown and fluted as it gets old. But, when the bark exfoliates and falls off, it leaves contrast white stripes on the trunk. This looks quite beautiful as well as it makes a beautiful pattern on the trunk.
Another great about this Brazilian rain tree is that it also has thorns. Plants growing in the hot and sandy regions have these thorn growing features to minimize water loss due to high temperatures.
One of the main reason bonsai enthusiasts prefers the Brazilian raintree is its ability to grow faster. It grows faster than any other familiar trees used for bonsai. It also blooms, and when it blooms, it looks gorgeous. But, while making its bonsai, you must cut it regularly, which will reduce the floral blooms. Sometimes their bonsai did not even get flowers when it.
A typical Brazilian rain tree can go around 15 feet in height. This looks unique and beautiful among all the trees of the rain forest region. One thing that may have come into your mind is how one can grow 15 feet growing plant into a small tray or pot?
Is it possible to even try for it? How can we control its growth? We have the answer to all these types of questions and other questions, which you have not even thought of.
Either you can start with the seeds or buy the seedling and then grow further. We want to recommend that you go for the grown bonsai with greener parts and green branches and trunks if you are a beginner.
But, if you are a bonsai enthusiast or have a bit of experience in growing bonsai, you can grow a bonsai of Brazilian rain tree very quickly. Its condition is not going to bother you much.
There are several factors which the growth and health of Brazilian rain tree which you should know about. We have mentioned all of them in brief so that you can have a better understanding of growing a bonsai of Brazilian rain tree quickly and safely.
One thing which matters a lot when it comes to growing a plant and significantly when you are growing a bonsai is the temperature you are keeping your bonsai in. Most of the growing bonsai are evergreen, while the Brazilian raintree is tropical.
It can deal with slight alterations in temperature, but when the temperature lowers a lot, the chances of dieback increases.
It would help if you kept it warm and maintained in high temperatures. Keep it around windows to give it enough sunlight, and if you do not have a window, you should buy a growing light to give your Brazilian rain tree bonsai the required warmth.
Position and Shape
Finding a suitable place for your bonsai is very important. It is advised to keep your bonsai at places where sunlight stays more than any other part of your house.
As we know that it is a growing tree which can grow to a height of 15 feet. Restricting it to a couple of inches is going to be a hard thing to achieve.
Pruning and wiring are going to help you. Pruning is a simple task, but when it comes to bonsai, it becomes more complicated. It would help if you cut the branches from the tip to not grow much in height.
Pruning will help you to control vertical growth, but how will you control the growth of branches? How are you going to restrict the horizontal growth of the trunk and branches? Well, here wiring is going to help you.
Wrapping wire around the trunk and branches keeps the girth in control. But make sure that the wrapping is not healthy; otherwise, it will damage the inside of the trunk and branches, and your bonsai will die up soon.
Wiring will also help you give your Brazilian rain tree bonsai the desired shape and size. So, when it comes to pruning and wiring, be more careful and take help when needed rather than trying by yourself and ruining all your hard work.
Manure, watering, and type of soil is the next thing you should take care of. The Brazilian rain tree is native to the tropical region; hence, it will not take much water. But, still, just the required amount is what you must find out on your own.
All bonsai have different requirements; therefore, your bonsai is also required different requirements. Water your bonsai such that the soil remains moist, and as it becomes dry, water it again.
Humidity is significant for plants. Humidity controls the rate of transpiration. Therefore, you must be very careful. Spraying water on the top of the Brazilian raintree bonsai will help you.
Pest and Disease Control
No matter how hard you try, your bonsai will come across diseases and pest attacks for sure. So, you must be careful and proper care, and medication is a must. Even when there is no pests sign, you should be giving your proper bonsai care and medication to keep it healthy and pest free.
Growing a bonsai is going to take your time and attention for sure. This will make you more caring and hardworking for sure.
This will also be going to help you spiritually as well. But be kind to your bonsai and give it all the requirements without skipping anything. This will help you to have a healthy Brazilian rain tree bonsai.
One thing which is essential to mention here is that Brazilian rain trees are endangered species. Soz it is going to be hard to get their seeds. But you can grow it from stems and branches as well. Therefore, you may have some difficulty while finding the growing part for yourself.