Indoor Bonsai Care

Indoor bonsai care. Caring for indoor bonsai trees. Indoor bonsai plant care. Bonsai care indoor tree. Types of bonsai indoor trees that can be grown as houseplants.

Azalea Bonsai

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Most trees and shrubs trained as bonsai originate in the temperate zone where the difference between summer and winter temperatures are quite dramatic.

These temperature swings trigger cyclical changes in the life cycles of these plants.

The cooling fall air causes them to go into dormancy. Winter's cold prepares them to bloom in the spring. The warming spring air causes them to break dormancy and begin another season of growth.

The constant warmth of the home will not suit these bonsai plants. These types of bonsai trees can be brought in for short periods of time but they need to spend the bulk of their lives outdoors in order to remain healthy.

Types of Bonsai Trees to Grow Indoors

Ginseng Ficus Bonsai Tree - Extra Large  (ficus retusa)

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Tropical plants make good indoor bonsai trees because they are subjected to constant warmth in their natural habitat. Tropical bonsai species do not go into dormancy. Tropical flowering bonsai do not require a certain number of chilling hours in order to bloom or fruit reliably.

When looking for an indoor bonsai plant, focus your search on plants of Mediterranean origin.

Jacarandas, umbrella trees , pomegranates, olive trees and many Ficus tree varieties are recommended indoor bonsai trees.

Indoor Bonsai Care

Ficus-Stone Landscape Scene with Fishing Pole  (ficus compacta)

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Three things are especially important where caring for indoor bonsai is concerned: temperature, light, and humidity.


Chinese Flowering White Serissa Bonsai Tree of a Thousand Stars  Curved Trunk Style  Extra Large (serissa japonica)

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Tropical indoor bonsai like a hot house environment where the temperature never falls below 60 degrees F. (16 degrees C). These plants enjoy daytime temps in the neighborhood of 75 degrees F (24 degrees C). The temperature should fall by 5 degrees or so at night just as it does outdoors.

Subtropical bonsai species prefer a house that is cooler in the winter. 41-60 degrees F (5-12 C) is the proper range.

Staging these indoor bonsai in a window dressed with thermal drapes will help to supply the lower night temperatures they require. When the curtains are closed at night, the cool air will be trapped around the plants.

Subtropical indoor bonsai trees should not be set on top of or too near radiators. They will benefit from a summer vacation in a shady outdoor location that is protected from high winds. Bring them back inside when night temps begin to fall into the 40s F.

Some of these plants, azaleas for instance, enjoy a short dormancy period. They should be placed in a bright, cool room and kept nearly dry until spring.


Flowering Mount Fuji Serissa With Raised Roots   (serissa foetida)

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How much light an indoor bonsai plant needs depends on the cultivar. Different species have different requirements. It is best to consult a growing guide for the type of bonsai indoor tree you are growing for the specifics.

Indoor bonsais receiving too little light will exhibit spindly growth and the spaces between the leaves will lengthen.

Indoor bonsai growing in a window, will get a lot more light than those growing just a few feet away. Keep the curtains open during the day. Even a white sheer greatly diminishes the light entering the room.

Plants can be placed away from windows if artificial light is supplied. Put the lights on a timer and run them for 10-15 hours per day.

Indoor Bonsai Tree Care

Flowering Gardenia Bonsai Tree  (gardenia jasminoides)

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Indoor air tends to be dry. Particularly in centrally air conditioned and heated homes. This is comfortable for the human occupants but dry air causes indoor bonsai trees to transpire water through their leaves.

If the air is dry enough, they will lose more water through their leaves than they are taking up through their roots. If this happens it will hamper the plant's growth.

Some indoor bonsai plants are more vulnerable to this than others. Plants with soft or thin leaves may need to be set on a bonsai humidity tray filled with gravel and water. This will serve to increase the humidity of the air right around the plant.

If you have several such trees in the same room, you might install a small fountain near them. The fountain will add soothing sound and beauty as it moistens the air.

No special care of indoor bonsai trees with shiny, leathery leaves is necessary.

Flowering Dwarf Weeping Barbados Cherry Bonsai Tree - Medium  (Malpighia Pendiculata)

Flowering Dwarf Weeping Barbados Cherry Bonsai Tree - Medium (Malpighia Pendiculata)

Native to St. Croix, Trinidad and Curacao. The name Malpighia is used to honor Marcello Malpighia (1628-1693). He was a distinguished naturalist in Bologna, Italy. The natural form of the Barbados Cherry is Pendulous with weeping twigs and branches. The flowers are rose-pink. The small, round, edible fruits are borne singly or in 2's or 3's and are bright red with glossy skin. The fruit is very juicy and extremely high in ascorbic acid.

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