Caring for Your Indoor Bonsai

Caring for Your Indoor Bonsai
by Kim Archer

Bonsai plants are extremely attractive specimens of age old practice. There are many people who choose to have bonsai plants in their homes because of their beautiful appearance. However, indoor bonsai trees require some extra maintenance. This is largely due to the fact that they don’t get the full range of benefits that sunlight and normal weather conditions provide. Perhaps they look like they can withstand anything. But there are some bonsais that are quite delicate with regard to water and light.

Watering Your Indoor Bonsai

When you bring a bonsai tree indoors it will require lighting to replace the natural sunlight that it would have been receiving beforehand. You will also need to monitor how often it is watered. Your bonsai plant will also thrive if kept in a well ventilated area. The water requirements of your bonsai plant will depend on what type it is. The soil is also another important factor. There are those bonsai trees and plants that need damp soil, while others do just fine with drought like conditions. It may be necessary for you to mist your plant. Your bonsai will thrive with the extra humidity and the rainforest environment this creates. If using a humidity tray, be sure to place the pot on some small rocks or a stand so it isn’t directly immersed in the water.

Bonsai Cutting and Pruning

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Indoor bonsai trees still require pruning and cutting on a regular basis in order to maintain their appearance. Simply because bonsai plants look as though they are frozen in time, does not mean that they do not grow. Indoor and outdoor bonsai plants need to be repotted somewhere between every year to three years, depending on the variety. It is also important to maintain the branches to keep its style intact. Depending on the type of bonsai, it’s important to reduce the amount of fertilizer you use during the winter. This is due to the fact that there are certain species of bonsai that hibernate during the season. This means that they don’t need as much nutritional supplementation as they do in spring and summer. Indoor bonsais may not fully experience the full cycle of seasons because it is in an artificial environment. It is also important to check indoor bonsai trees for pests and other anomalies. When bonsais are situated indoors, they may become a favorite place for spiders and other mites. It’s best to gently and carefully clean the branches and leaves using either a damp, soft cloth or a soft brush.

By following these tips for bonsai care, your tree is sure to be an attractive feature of your home for years to come.

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