Bonsai masters: The ancient secrets behind their trees

Bonsai masters share their ancient secrets

Written by Kate Springer, CNN “I am always caring for my bonsai trees — it’s as necessary for me as eating every day,” says award-winning bonsai sensei, Kunio Kobayashi. A cross between horticulture and art, bonsai trees may be tiny, but they have an immense impact on the masters who care for them.

Maintenance and care

Years of styling, wiring, watering, repotting and pruning separate amateur bonsai trainers from master sensei. The fragile plants must be monitored every day for signs of deadly insect infestation or disease. Kobayashi, who has spent nearly three decades dedicated to bonsai, says paying careful attention has helped him keep an estimated 1,000-year-old juniper tree, which he bought at auction, alive and thriving. Maintenance and care.

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