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How Small Can You Grow?

Miniature gardening's wee wonderful worlds

Text by M.P. Klier

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A single tree, like this bonsai, makes a perfect anchor point for your garden design. Bonsai trees aren't true miniatures, Calvo points out, but rather trees whose growth is restricted by having their roots confined in small containers ("bonsai" means "tray planted" in Japanese). To prevent a bonsai from supersizing your mini-Eden, keep it in its original pot when you plant it in your landscape. How to tell if it needs more or less water? Stick your finger in the soil.


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