Which of us tree and nature lovers would not want to have a bonsai at home? And many of us already have one, whether they dug it out on the way home from the mountains or bought it in a hobby market. However, the initial enthusiasm far too often changes into disappointment. Disappointment that the plant does not grow and is quickly dying.
This is because the tree is used to the mountain environment where it was “born” and needs the same conditions to thrive, and a bonsai from a hobby market is a tropical plant used to completely different environment that we are unable to simulate.
Add the influence of the climate change and keeping a potted bonsai alive and in good condition becomes a complicated and complex task. On the other hand, trees in our garden or large ceramics pots, especially resistant species of conifers, cope with such changes much better, and what is more, we do not have to worry that we will have to find someone to water them while on holiday.
Someone who wants to enjoy the beauty of a shaped tree in his or her garden, terrace or balcony and does not want to bother with the issues mentioned above, should get a niwaki tree.
Niwaki is a shaped garden tree. In our country we often but rather incorrectly use the name garden bonsai or macrobonsai. The important element of its beauty is an interesting and inspiring shape.
Niwaki are shaped in a similar way as bonsai but the rules are laxer, and the shape is not bound by such strict rules as in traditional bonsai. This provides its owner bigger aesthetic experience and possibilities of working with it and each tree is a pure original.
Niwaki are grown in the ground, rocky or cement mangers, ceramics containers or you can simply plant them into a bonsai pot. It is entirely up to you. A niwaki of a smaller size is a great decoration for rockeries, bigger ones are perfect for rocky compositions in a traditional Japanese or any modern style.