Bonsai coconuts create the shape of a ‘burning’ zodiac for the Tet holiday
IN HO CHI MINH CITY – ON New Year’s Eve, Mr. Dinh Ngoc Hieu, Thu Duc City made a coconut bonsai to create a tiger shape and other animals for sale from 600,000 to 3 million VND.
In the courtyard of more than 400 m2 of the house in Hiep Binh Phuoc Ward, Mr. Dinh Ngoc Hieu displays dozens of ornamental coconut trees, most of which are shaped like a tiger, the mascot of the 2022 Lunar New Year.
“I’ve grown ornamental coconuts for a long time, a few years ago when I tried to create a mouse image to introduce to friends, I didn’t expect it to be sold out,” said the 42-year-old man.
In order to have bonsai coconut pots in the shape of a tiger for Tet, from half a year ago, Mr. Hieu imported Siamese coconut varieties from Ben Tre to the nursery. When the tree was about 15 to 20 cm tall, he started shaping. During the seeding period, workers have to bend leaves, make roots, pedicure coconut … for a beautiful shape.
Parts of the tiger such as the head, ears, nose… are all made from dried coconut, then smoothed, glued back before polishing and decorative painting. A day, the garden owner can make about 20 animals depending on the difficulty.
Each finished work is sold from 600,000 VND to 3 million VND depending on the number of animals, the age and the shape of the tree. The cheapest and best-selling coconut bonsai is a single tiger-shaped coconut tree in a plastic pot, without decorative miniatures. As a handmade product, each mascot has a different facial expression.
The coconut bonsai pots with the meaning of couple’s love cost over a million dong. The owner of the garden planted more flowers and grass, and pasted New Year wishes on the tiger’s body.
Mr. Hieu holds a bonsai pot in his hand with the meaning of New Year’s Eve through the image of a buffalo pulling a tiger. The owner of the garden said that this model has just come up with an idea that a customer has asked to buy it for 1.5 million VND.
Buffalo-shaped coconut bonsai, last year’s predecessor mascot, he kept a few to sell to customers who want to buy his right age.
The snake is made from chopped coconut shells. Besides, to make the chicken must use more sawdust to shape the head.
Every day, many customers come to see the goods. This year due to the epidemic, he only made 350 pots, half of last year. Of which, 250 coconut trees are shaped like tigers, the rest are animals and other shapes, mainly for acquaintances.
At noon on December 6, after looking at the goods for a while, Ms. Dinh Thi Cham, from Phu Tho province, chose a suitable pot with a price of more than a million dong. “I went to the South for work, saw that the coconut bonsai was so unique, so I bought it and brought it home to display. This tree is of moderate size, easy to transport, and has a long life,” said the 25-year-old girl.
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