The art of making big things small

Indore: Encouraging a green environment, the Shaikh family has passed down the art of making bonsai for generations. Art started as a passion for the septuagenarian Dr Yunus Shaikh and has grown into a family tradition.

Inspired by Yunus’ beautiful garden, his 43-year-old son Zafar wanted to learn the art of bonsai since he was a child. Speaking of his passion, Zafar said, “I have always loved planting trees with my father and watched him closely when he made bonsai.

Yunus slowly passed on the art of making bonsai to his sons, Zafar and Firoz. “At first he gave us the chance to water the plants, which was like a privilege,” Firoz said. Additionally, Yunus taught them how to plant and care for a sapling.

“We started by learning how to plant silver plants, then we learned how to graft, shape and feed,” Zafar said. Yunus always insisted on having patience and studying plants before working them. Now, when Zafar gained expertise in the art of bonsai, his son Faisal is following in his footsteps.

Speaking of his love for gardening, Zafar said, “Gardening requires patience, but it gives delicious fruits of pleasure and makes a person happy”. However, Firoz cannot ignore the fact that some plants often die in the process of making bonsai.

“I occasionally work in bonsai making because the pain of losing the life of a plant is too much for me,” Firoz said. He plants and cares for tall trees.

How did he make lamp bonsai

First, I took a round pot with dimensions (4 inches high and 16 widths). I planted four Carmona seedlings for six months. Then I brought a square iron net 4 feet high by 3 feet wide and welded it in a round shape.

Then I installed it in the pot and started to shape the plant by going through the net very slowly. It took four years to complete all of the mesh covers through the four factories to the top. The little white flower also comes in the season The shape of the big lamp is ready. Then the lamp factory was decorated in partial shade in the hall with the display light given from above. The lamp looks beautiful in the night, diffusing the light in different ways to attract people

It will stay for years. You need to do the cut and trim according to the shape. In addition, you need to provide fertilizer and organic manure every now and then, watering every day.

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Posted on: Sunday October 16th, 2016 09:06 AM IST

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