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Growing Indoor Bonsai Trees Successfully

By Sarah Duke

Because of their attractive appearance, lots of people have taken up growing indoor bonsai trees as a hobby. But a great deal of attention is required for the maintenance of these plants when they’re growing inside rather than outside. The reason for this is that they aren’t getting the advantages that come from exposure to outdoor weather conditions and natural sunlight. Indeed, most bonsai trees are quite delicate and special care must be taken regarding water and light.

When you grow a bonsai tree in the house it requires the appropriate lighting in place of the daylight in which it normally thrives. Your bonsai plant will also do better if kept in a well ventilated area. Soil is another important consideration for the health of your bonsai, and you need to choose a blend of soil that meets the needs of your tree. Depending on the variety of bonsai, you will need to cut back on the fertilizer during the winter season, because some types of bonsai hibernate at this time. Which means they won’t require as many nutrients as they do in the warmer months.

You also need to keep a close eye on the frequency of watering. The variety of bonsai plant that you are growing will dictate how often it requires watering. Very dry soil works well for some species of bonsai, while others prefer their soil to be quite moist. It is often necessary to mist your tree in order to provide a humid environment in addition to the moisture in the soil. Some bonsai growers use a humidity tray, which consists of placing the pot in a shallow pan of water filled with small stones and a small amount of water. You will want to make certain that the pot holding the bonsai doesn’t come into direct contact with the water.

Indoor bonsai trees need pruning and cutting on a regular basis so as to maintain their appearance, just like their outside counterparts. You will also need to repot them anywhere from once a year to every three years depending upon what kind of tree it is. Another important consideration is maintenance of the branches so it retains its shape.

You should also watch out for pests and any unusual changes to your indoor bonsai tree that might indicate a disease. An indoor bonsai is very attractive to mites, spiders and other pests. The best practice is to carefully clean the leaves and branches using a damp cloth or a brush to prevent any problems.

The cultivation of the indoor bonsai tree has been an eastern tradition for centuries, and is now enjoying popularity in western society as well. Click here to learn how to properly care for your indoor bonsai in order to see it flourish.

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Duke, Sarah "Growing Indoor Bonsai Trees Successfully." Growing Indoor Bonsai Trees Successfully. 5 Jul. 2010. 8 Dec 2014 <>.

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