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Bonsai Christmas Tree

A live tree for multiple seasons
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If a tree is trimmed "just so" while growing, it will be stunted in a fashion known as "bonsai". It will have remarkably small branches and leaves, and the whole thing can fit in a moderate-sized flowerpot fairly easily.

Many people like to have real trees during the Christmas season (and we shall ignore here the fact that this is an import from an ancient pagan tradition), but many of those also don't like to kill trees that didn't do anything but grow to become pretty.

(Note, for anyone who doesn't know, most Christmas trees are grown on farms just like other crops.)

Various options are available. Artificial trees are very popular (no doubt in part because they can be bought once and used multiple times and be boxed up when not in use). But one could instead visit a Christmas tree farm and negotiate to dig up a live tree, for replanting after the holidays. That's a lot of work, though, not to mention that "transplant shock" kills a fair percentage of such trees, anyway. You certainly can't dig up the same tree each year and expect it to live, so every year you would have to seek a new tree for replanting.

This Idea proposes that the art of bonsai be applied to Christmas trees, for marketing to those who want a live tree every year, but don't want the trouble of digging and replanting and the disposing of the trees that didn't survive. Of course a bonsai Christmas tree won't be very large, but it can always be set on a plain table (with all the presents underneath). Decorate carefully! Those small branches are fragile! And note that because the tree is small, it won't take up too much space in the off-season.

Vernon, Dec 21 2009

http://lmgtfy.com/?...sai+christmas+trees [tatterdemalion, Dec 21 2009]

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       oH, AHHHHH, lovely***Where is bubba when you need him? The bonsai expert. +
blissmiss, Dec 21 2009
  

       Miyagi like. Christmas tree no fit in home on Okinawa.
RayfordSteele, Dec 21 2009
  

       This is Baked.
8th of 7, Dec 21 2009
  

       Somehow I feel possessed by the ghost of Google present.
blissmiss, Dec 21 2009
  

       This Idea is one of those things that just isn't normally thought about, during the Christmas season (where "better", alas, is often associated with "more"). So, even if such trees have been available for decades, they mostly are under the radar of the average person.
Vernon, Dec 21 2009
  

       I don't think you will find any average persons on the HB.   

       I had a series of these as a small boy, but they didn't seem to survive very long indoors or out.
csea, Dec 21 2009
  

       Ooh, that's exactly my experience.   

       I killed my first one in six months, my second in three years, still searching for number three.
normzone, Dec 21 2009
  

       mine is still doing ok after a few months.. but I haven't hung any decorations on it yet [+]
afinehowdoyoudo, Dec 21 2009
  
      
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