How to Grow Bonsai Tree Houseplants

How to grow bonsai tree houseplants. How to grow bonsai indoor trees. Indoor bonsai care. Tropical indoor bonsai. Growing bonsai trees in the home. How to grow a bonsai plant inside.



Buddha's Ear  (alocacia cuculata)

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Most bonsai grow outdoors year round as most bonsai species are deciduous trees which hail from the temperate zone. These plants need the change of seasons to trigger necessary changes in their growth cycles.

They typically put on new leaves in the spring in response to changes in temperature and light levels. Those leaves color up and then drop in response to the crisp air of fall.

These types of bonsai trees will not survive indoors for very long.

If you want to grow bonsai trees in the house you will need to grow tropical indoor bonsai species. These are plants than come from parts of the world where the weather is always warm like the interior of most homes.

If you keep your home very cool in the winter months--between 40 and 60 degrees F at night and no warmer than 70 degrees during the day--you can also grow subtropical indoor bonsai plants.

Indoor Bonsai Care

A discussion of the most important considerations in the care of indoor bonsai trees: temperature, light and indoor humidity levels.

How to Grow Bonsai
Indoor Trees

Flowering Ligustrum Bonsai Tree  (ligustrum lucidum)

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How to Grow Bonsai Tree Houseplants
Care Instructions

Flowering Tangerine Citrus Bonsai Tree - Seedless  (kishu mandarin)

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Bonsai Watering Instructions:

Never wait until the soil becomes completely dry before applying water. As the moisture is used up, the bonsai potting soil will become lighter in both color and weight. Learn to notice these small changes and water the plants before they begin to wilt.

Be aware that too much water can be just as damaging as too little. Especially in winter.

Indoor bonsai plants grow more slowly in the cold months and there is not as much natural light coming into the house at this time so they will use less water.

Try to use soft, room temperature water. If your tap water is too hard, chalky white deposits will form on the inner edge of your bonsai pots.

In this instance use rainwater, if you can collect it, or bottled water.

Feeding Indoor Bonsai: You will find instructions for feeding indoor bonsai plants on the page this link will take you to.

When not to fertilize an indoor bonsai plant:

  • Just before it flowers or while it is flowering
  • Just after repotting bonsai
  • While the tree is dormant
  • When the tree is unwell



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    Flowering "Mango Mist" Tropical Hibiscus - Braided Trunk Style (rosa sinensis)

    Originating in Asia and the Pacific Islands, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia. It is closely associated with Hawaii, however the state flower of Hawaii is a native species of hibiscus, H. brackenridgei. There are many colors of hibiscus with various size blossoms. Our hibiscus are trained with braided trunks and have 2" diameter orange colored blossoms which appear during spring, summer and fall and even during the winter if kept sufficiently warm.





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