Requirements for Indoor Bonsai Care

by Herb Daniels

Bonsai are trees that can be maintained in very small sizes. To be successful with these plants, constant root and crown pruning is required. It is also necessary to keep the plant in a small pot.

Bonsai trees were first created in ancient China; and, the practice spread to Japan and, eventually, to other locations in the world. This is a method of turning out plants that are small but would normally grow quite large. The final product is a tree that looks old but really is not.

Indoor Bonsai Care is Often Necessary

To be successful with indoor bonsai care, the trees need to exist in an environment like their original space. This means that plants from the subtropics and tropics most likely won’t be able to live outside in the cold winter months. It is vital to be aware of the plants’ requirements before bringing them inside your office or home. Here are some crucial tips for the best indoor Bonsai care.

Mimic the sunlight these trees are used to getting outside. This can be accomplished by making available artificial light to replace any loss of natural light. Some trees may not need much light. Therefore, you need to be aware of what kind of plant you are working with. Some people place bonsai near a window. However, this is not always the best solution. Some varieties of bonsai will still need more light. As an alternative, light that comes from a fluorescent lamp can produce enough indoor bonsai care for the needed twelve hours per day.

Bonsai coming from colder areas will require more indoor bonsai care than tropical species that need less attention. Because tropical plants thrive in temperatures accompanied by humidity, they can usually handle our indoor temperatures, even in the colder months.

For the best indoor bonsai care, keep a tropical bonsai tree away from any window on a cold day or night, even if the window is shut. In winter, keep the bonsai far away from heating vents and radiators. Also, you should mist the leaves often to mimic humidity.

It is also a good idea to place the bonsai container on a water-filled tray with small pebbles. The pebbles will protect the bonsai from getting wet and the water will evaporate through the branches, yielding much-needed humidity.

For the most supportive bonsai enthusiast, indoor bonsai care can become tiring. This happens because the bonsai does best if it is taken outside when the temperature is warm enough. Due to life’s daily requirements, some bonsai lovers may forget to give their trees proper care.

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