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Elsie is stating a view that is perhaps a bit extreme and anthropomorphic but also one that many people have when first confronted with a Bonsai tree.
It is not cruel but sometimes can seem a bit weird. However, on closer examination these trees are spectacularly beautiful in their own, idiosyncratic way. One also has to admire the dedication and skill of those gardeners who spend so much time and expend so much care on their creation.
Hi, anyone who grows a tree in a pot, ie an acer, will benefit from a little understanding of bonsai, for that is effectively what you are doing, knowledge gained can always be adapted to ones own gardening style, but answers many question like how and when to re-pot, and prune. At the end of the day its all about the love and care of whatever specimen one chooses to grow, and how, Gardeningfantic have a look at "graham potter" on you tube, some great tutorials and advice,