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Requirements for Indoor Bonsai Care

Mar 30, 2008
The term Bonsai is used for the description of a number of trees can be miniaturized. To create little trees, repeated pruning of the crown and roots is necessary. It is also essential to confine the plant to a reasonably small pot or container.

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

For good indoor bonsai care, the plants have to live in an environment much like their original home turf. Trees from the subtropics and tropics usually can't survive out of doors during cold winter months. It is essential to be careful of the plants' physical needs prior to bringing them inside your office or home. Here are some tips for good indoor Bonsai care.

It is necessary to mimic the sunlight these trees are used to when they are outside. This can be accomplished by providing natural and artificial lighting. Although all plants need some amount of sunlight, there are trees that do not require very much light. Consequently, you need to know just what variety of plant you are working with. To get some light, bonsai can be placed near a window, but this is not going to be the complete answer. There may not be enough light for some varieties of bonsai. As an alternative or supplement, use fluorescent lamps that can provide adequate indoor bonsai care for at least twelve hours a day.

Bonsai that come from colder regions will need more indoor bonsai care than tropical species which do not need much care. Because tropical plants are happy in humid temperatures, they can usually survive with our indoor temperatures, even in the coldest months.

For optimal indoor Bonsai care, do not put a tropical bonsai tree near a window on a cold night, even if the window remains closed. Furthermore, in winter you should keep the bonsai away from radiators or heating vents and you should mist the leaves continually to mimic the effect of humidity.

It is also a good practice to place the bonsai pot on a water-filled tray and to add some small pebbles. The pebbles will keep the bonsai roots from sitting in too much moisture and the water will evaporate into the limbs, giving off a source of humidity.

Indoor bonsai care can become tiresome since the bonsai does best if it is taken outside when the weather is good. Due to business events and work schedules, some bonsai hobbyists may simply forget to tend their trees properly. These plants are not normally supposed to live indoors; but, if doing so is a must for their survival, then good indoor bonsai care can be accomplished by following the aforementioned tips.
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