Monday, 4 February 2008

What is Nearai?

This is a fantastic example of Nearai. I took this picture from my book on Mini-Bonsai and Kokedama. ("Mini-Bonsai to Kokedama" by Nipponhoso syuppan kyokai)

I hope I will be good enough to cultivate marvelous Bonsai like this one day!

Nearai is one of the methods to appreciate Bonsai. Remove plants with an earth ball from a container and place on a flat dish or a shallow tray leaving the roots visible. That is Nearai display. The soil will not fall away because the well-grown roots hold the soil firmly. Gradually old roots will go rotten and be mixed with the soil, then moss will grow to cover the roots and soil.

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