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I love bonsai since I was high school. I'm truly madly having it to be my hobby. I am bringing it to my work, since I am a teacher of junior high. A busy day with a tiring after work makes it relieve the way it must be, somehow like my children makes me happy too. But if there is a way to make it bigger before I put it in a nice pot. Please advise me what to do. To make more easy for me to raise them in such a way that I will be bigger in a short period of time.
 
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Ahh yes padawan, there is a way to increase the size of a bonsai before putting it in a display pot! You can either plant it in the ground if it is tolerant of the weather in your climate, or you can put it in a much larger pot. When it has reached the desired size, you start the process of getting it ready for the display pot, which takes time. Root pruning and trimming back the excess growth is needed, then time for recovery after doing it. Basically it goes in a smaller and smaller pot until it finally goes in the display pot, where only the occasional root pruning and normal pinching/whatever maintenance the species needs is done.
 
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Everyone comes to admire bonsai, sooner or later. So the first thing I did was buy a book, years ago. After reading the immense amount of care required to handle bonsai from beginning to end, I still don't raise any. But one thing that really made me sit up and take notice was that one can start with a normal size seedling, or perhaps a stunted already twisted tree growing out of a crag, and then, by a series of root and branch pruning, and repotting in progressively smaller containers, the bonsai is born. It's not just getting them bigger faster, it's making them smaller slowly. I guess I do a form of bonsai with some of my houseplants by restricting their pot size and cutting them back, lest they grow too exhuberantly for my windowsills. I do admire an abutilon that is the size of a small shrub, and filled with flowers, but I'm just happy my scraggly abutilon stays where I can see it, flowering a few times a year. It's probably 16 years old since its purchase, and I hope it lives for years still.
 
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