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Japanese Bonsai trees: Popularly grown in ASEAN countries
Bonsai, the Japanese gardening art form of growing miniature trees in pots or containers, is very popular in countries like Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, which I happened to visit recently.

This Japanese tradition of growing bonsai, both indoors and outdoors, dates back over a thousand years. The tradition has become popular in entire Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.

These days, bonsai trees are planted both as a hobby as well for commerce with such plants being sold online. Bonsai practice focuses on long-time cultivation, tending and shaping of small trees growing in a container.

One can see bonsai trees in countries neighbouring China and Japan. They can be seen in hotels, houses, parks, gardens and other outdoor public places. In Vietnam, one can see miniature living landscapes called 'hon non bo' at many public and private places confirming to some aesthetic standards and artistic designing details with bonsai.

Hobbyists create bonsai with a specimen of source material such as a cutting, seedling or small tree sampling of a perennial woody-stemmed tree or shrub species with small leaves that are suitable for small pot confinement. The miniature tree that comes up requires periodic crown and root pruning.

For long life of bonsai a few accepted shapes and proportions of containers and pots can be purchased to restrict the growth by the pot size and environment. Even guide books for bonsai care and its artistic designing are available.

Since bonsai is not a genetically dwarfed tree, with little guidance and interest, it can be turned into a gardening hobby for growing small trees from regular stock and seeds.

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