London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) May 12, 2009 -- Bonsai is a traditional eastern practice which can be both a hobby and an art form. Facts which have been somewhat overlooked as these "living statues" have become a common sight at high street malls and garden centers everywhere. While they might look like statues, frozen in miniature, they are very much alive, changing with the seasons and requiring specific care and conditions. The spot in your living room where it looks most 'feng shui' is unlikely to fit the bill, and without a basic understanding of bonsai methods it's life will inevitably be short lived.
This is not an issue for "mallsai' however, as they are simply overgrown cuttings which have been made over to resemble bonsai. With the shelf life of a christmas tree, the majority of "mallsai" purchasers are unaware that the plant they have just bought is extremely unlikely to survive more than a few weeks. So remember, bonsai is a hobby as well as a decoration, and growing them is not for everybody. But if you do decide to take it up, read up a bit before you take the plunge. Learn how to spot a healthy tree, and only buy from a reputable dealer who can tell you exactly how to care for the one you choose.