INDOOR BONSAI TREES

indoor bonsai trees1 Deciding on purchasing indoor bonsai trees takes some care and some knowledge of beginner basics. As they are not a typical houseplant, they require special care and needs to ensure they thrive in their surroundings. Light, water, and humidity are some of the main factors as well as the type of plant you buy.|You may have contemplated a bonsai tree inside a friend’s home, or seen an indoor bonsai display in a magazine or book. While most bonsai trees are grown outdoors, there are some species, mostly tropical and sub-tropical, that can survive or even thrive indoors.

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In general, bonsai trees come in two varieties: tropical and temperate. A temperate tree needs a dormancy period and this occurs when the temperature drops and these are referred to as “outdoor” trees. On the contrast the tropical needs protection against the cold and frost and good temperatures year long, making them an “indoor” tree. Although both types should spend time outdoors when the weather is really good for best results.|If growing a bonsai tree indoors is what inspires you, consider tropical and sub-tropical species such as weeping fig, Fukien tea, Hawaiian umbrella tree, jade and baby jade, bush cherry, desert rose, and star flower. Other options are Norfolk pine, boxwood, and Chinese elm-all typically outdoor species that can also flourish indoors with the proper care. Ask a specialist at a bonsai nursery for advice on which species to buy for your home.indoor bonsai trees3
A tropical or subtropical tree is the best for indoor growing. They thrive well in temperatures at sixty-five degrees and higher. They come in a variety of types and a good beginner tree is the Ficus. This is considered a hardy tree, a good one to start with that will be able to hold up to trial and error of learning to care for this variety of plant.|All indoor bonsai need special attention and near-to-perfect growing conditions to thrive. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Lighting is important and this type generally needs at least four to six hours of sunlight a day. A window sill or table in front of a window that faces south is a good start. Windows that face east and west are also good choices; this provides the morning light and protects it in the afternoon from the sun. When only a north window is available, extra lighting may be needed.
1.Light is the most important factor when growing a bonsai tree indoors. In most homes, light levels are both unreliable and too dim. And even on a sunny windowsill, the glass can filter out many of the UV rays your bonsai needs to grow. Most bonsai experts use some form of supplemental artificial light for indoor bonsai trees. The easiest are ordinary fluorescent lights that are both easy to find and inexpensive. Aquarium lights are another option. The most important thing to remember is to place the lights about six inches above the bonsai and leave them on for 12-18 hours a day. You can use an electric timer to switch the lights off and on. Normally it is not necessary to water these trees daily. It really depends on the size of the pot, the variety of trees, and the type of soil. When using a small pot, you can expect to water frequently as they tend to dry out quickly. A good way to know when to water is to check the soil, if it is moist then the plant is well watered.

2.Having the right temperature is critical for indoor bonsai. Tropical and sub-tropical species can handle a standard room-temperature environment-between 64-75?? Fahrenheit during the day and slightly cooler at night-all year round, but cannot tolerate cold. Some sub-tropical species need a cooler temperature during the winter so that they can go dormant. Place these trees, such as Chinese elm, in a cool basement or unheated spare room or garage for at least a couple months if you want them to survive. If you keep your bonsai in a completely windowless or low light room you will need to provide artificial lighting. Humidity plays an important factor in these types of plants. In the winter, heating systems can dry out the air or reduce the amount of humidity in it. Using a small try that is filled with water and some gravel will provide enough moisture to create the humidity needed. You can also mist the leaves with water occasionally to help keep the humidity up.

3.Having the right humidity levels and proper air circulation is almost as important as providing the correct amount of light. Indoor heating and air conditioning can reduce humidity to the point where a tropical species just can’t survive. Misting is one simple way to not only offer moisture to a tree, but also to clean its foliage of dust and dirt. Many bonsai gardeners also use humidifiers, or keep their bonsai trees over a humidity or gravel tray. Gravel trays contain water, damp sand and gravel. Others place cups or trays of water near their trees. Don’t let your tree sit in water, but do water regularly and when the soil becomes dry to the touch. Deciding on growing indoor bonsai trees takes a bit of knowledge beforehand so that you have a plant that grows and thrives. Take care to pay attention to the type of pot you put your plant in and the where you put it. Choosing the right time for your environment is always needed. These plants are like pets, they need attention, love, and care so they can thrive and be around for decades.

4.Even though your tree is indoors, it is still vulnerable to some pests and diseases. Be on the lookout for spider mites which cannot be seen with the naked eye but create fine webbing between leaves. Fungus gnats are attracted to wet compost, so make sure your bonsai pot drains well and don’t over water. Standard plant insecticides will get rid of both of these pests.

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