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11 Reasons You Should Grow A Bonsai Tree

Truly one of the most fascinating hobbies. There's a lot of history in this meticulous craft, so try your hand at something new. In your quest to become a more interesting person, spark your night with a shot of Jose Cuervo and Have A Story.

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1. The bonsai tree is a beautiful metaphor for human growth.

The bonsai seed is no different than a full-size tree. The restrictions in the size of the pot limit the reach of the roots so the tree isn't able to grow to its full potential. The lesson: never limit yourself!
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The bonsai seed is no different than a full-size tree. The restrictions in the size of the pot limit the reach of the roots so the tree isn't able to grow to its full potential.

The lesson: never limit yourself!

2. The bonsai cultivation has been practiced for nearly 2,000 years.

This makes it one of the oldest known art forms. Respect your elders!
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This makes it one of the oldest known art forms. Respect your elders!

3. There are over 400 different species of trees that can be grown.

Here are a few to get you started.
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Here are a few to get you started.

4. And there are several styles of growth. This one is called "cascade."

Don't worry, it's not broken... just awesome.
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Don't worry, it's not broken... just awesome.

5. The point of growing a bonsai is to challenge yourself.

We believe in you.
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We believe in you.

6. Patience is a virtue.

It will take a lot of trial and error, but when you nail it, it's all worth it.
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It will take a lot of trial and error, but when you nail it, it's all worth it.

7. There's no way to speed up the growth process, so in the age of fast-paced social media, you can finally train yourself to calm down.

It's like a gym for your mind.
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It's like a gym for your mind.

8. Unlike animals, when a bonsai tree gets wounded, it grows around the injury instead of repairing it.

This leads to some very interesting designs.
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This leads to some very interesting designs.

9. If there's someone special in your life, they make incredible gifts.

Ooo! Ooo! You could say.... "bonsai love you." BOOM.
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Ooo! Ooo! You could say.... "bonsai love you." BOOM.

10. When you're finished, you can plant it in the ground and pretend you're a giant monster!

...or maybe just put it somewhere nice?
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...or maybe just put it somewhere nice?

11. The bonsai tree represents tranquility.

Even the mightiest warrior should seek a balance. Find your sensitive side.
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Even the mightiest warrior should seek a balance. Find your sensitive side.

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