Bonsai is a technique that, we are not going to deny it, no matter how well it is done unfortunately shortens the life expectancy of the tree. Living in a tray with little soil, this plant will not be able to develop as well as it would if it were planted in the ground.
Perhaps for this reason it is so amazing to us that a miniature tree can live so long. How much is “so much”? Much longer than anyone lives. Find out which is the oldest bonsai in the world .
The oldest bonsai in the world, as strange as it may seem, is not in Japan, but in the Crespi Bonsai Museum in Milan (Italy). It was bought by Luigi Crespi in 1986 in the eastern country and taken to Italy that same year. It was named after Ogata Bonsai, and is just over 3 meters tall. Planted in a tray 2.80 meters long, it is proof that, with patience and care, several generations can maintain a bonsai jewel.
It belongs to the Ficus retusa species , which is one of the most resistant and suitable for beginners, and is located in the central space of the Crespi museum , guarded by two wooden dogs that were carved in China in the 19th century. In addition, it is very well accompanied by bonsai from great masters such as Kato, Kawamoto, Kawahara and Ogasawara.
But how old is he? enough. It is over 1000 years old . It says soon, right? This shows once again that those who want to start working on a tree as a bonsai have to arm themselves with patience, because only then can they truly respect the cycles of the tree and achieve a masterpiece.