Bonsai masters: The ancient secrets behind their centuries-old trees

(CNN)“I am always caring for my bonsai trees — it’s as necessary for me as eating every day,” says award-winning bonsai sensei, Kunio Kobayashi.

A cross between horticulture and art, bonsai trees may be tiny, but they have an immense impact on the masters who care for them.

    New roots

    “To keep the tree alive, we have to re-pot the trees every two years, depending on the species,” says Sustic. “When we do that, we cut off a certain percentage of the roots. What that does, is it causes the tree to generate new roots. That keeps it happy, healthy and vigorous. So it’s always growing.”

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