Bonsai is an art form that began centuries ago in Asia. Bonsai trees are generally cultivated from seeds and are carefully grown until their reach their full size. They start in very small containers and are continually trained and trimmed so that they stay very elegant and also quite small. Although there are people in Asia that have practiced the art for decades, it is possible for an everyday person to try their hand at the art form as well with just a few useful tips.
The very first thing that you need to do is pick out a tree species which is going to require you to think about the climate that the tree will be kept in and the environment of your home. It is usually best to choose a tree species that is indigenous to your region so that you know it will survive. You do not want to waste your time growing a tree that is going to be a struggle up until its death. Pines, spruces, magnolias, oaks, and elms are all great choices if you thinking about outdoor bonsai gardens. Indoor bonsai choices include more tropical selections like olive, snowrose, and jade trees.
You then have to decide whether to grow the tree from a root or if you would rather buy tree that is already grown a bit. Planting a bonsai tree from the seed is usually the most rewarding way to get involved with bonsai, but it will usually be five years before you can start to trim and train the tree. Therefore, you need to think about whether you have the time to think about it or not. You can also forage for a tree that has already started to grow in nature because this will allow you to get started trimming and training a bit earlier. Be aware however that there are constraints over what will or will not work.