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Indoor Bonsai Care

Apr 10, 2008
It is hard to argue the beauty of a bonsai plant. The beauty of bonsai is one of the reasons that so many people opt to care for an indoor bonsai plant. If the thought of keeping an indoor bonsai is appealing to you, there are a few things to keep in mind. Indoor bonsai plants will need additional care since they will not be receiving as much sunlight and natural weather. It is also worth noting that some variety of bonsai are not as hardy as others and may have special concerns regarding light and water.

Harnessing Sunlight and Rain

The species of your bonsai tree is going to be the deciding factor for lighting, watering, and soil maintenance. Some varieties are hardier than others and may be able to survive the worst drought. Other plants will want you to treat them as though they are in a rain forest.

Regular misting of your plant is a wonderful idea. Misting creates a type of rain forest humidity effect. You could try a humidity tray as well, just be careful not to expose it to water.

Maintenance - Pruning and Cutting

An indoor bonsai plant requires pruning and cutting to maintain size and style. Also, every one to three years repotting of your plant will be necessary to facilitate plant health.

All bonsai species are not the same. Some will require less fertilizer and nutrients in the winter months due to hibernation. Remember that an indoor bonsai will not experience the seasons fully though.

Watch for signs of pest contamination or disease. Mites and spiders love an indoor bonsai as it brings the outdoors in to them! Don't hesitate to clean your bonsai's leaves and branches with a brush or damp cloth.

This should be enough to get you started with your indoor bonsai garden. Remember, the hard work you put into your bonsai now will reward for years to come with a peaceful and serene companion.
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