Fake + Bonsai = Fonsai

November 10th, 2010  |  by  |  Published in Blog

Much like Léon, in the 1994 film of the same title, I recently decided that purchasing a pet plant seemed like a pretty good idea.

The crème de la crème of houseplants is the bonsai tree: the masterfully grown miniature tree from Japan. Unfortunately, most Bonsais are expensive and difficult to cultivate.

So what’s out there for people who don’t want to spend or do much but still have a cool plant? I give you the Fonsai, a fake-bonsai that can be easily created with a few items at IKEA.

This miniature Chinese elm is both cheap (¥9.90) much more resilient than other bonsais, after all it survived in an IKEA basement. Add a wooden bowl (¥ 15) plus some pebbles (¥ 3.5) and you have the same Bonsai aesthetic for a fraction of the price.

I will endeavour to blog about all on Fonsai’s adventures around Shanghai over the coming year.

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