As a decorative piece, bonsai tree can be something unique that can give your room a different look and feel. But having a bonsai tree means you have to take care of it in a special way otherwise you will not be able to sustain it for long. Bonsai trees are actual trees that have been maintained in a miniature form by trimming its branches and roots. Bonsai trees can be kept inside the house or outside according to preferences. Most of the people prefer to keep bonsai trees indoors as it brings in the nature indoors. However, trees in nature thrive outdoors where there is lot of air and sun and therefore when you want to keep the tree indoors you have to take extra care of it to ensure that the tree survives.
Various types of bonsai trees exist, some of which are:
- Willow Leaf Ficus Bonsai – needs little care
- Flowering White Jasmine Bonsai – good for indoors, but requires water and good fertilizer for survival
- Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai – easiest to grow and hence preferred by the first timers; requires little care and can survive in any lighting conditions
- Golf Ball Umbrella Bonsai – this beautiful tree also require less of care
- Baby Jade Bonsai also called the Elephant Bush – these are thick with thick trunk and leaves
In case you are starting new you need to start with serissa, bush cherry, Fukien tea, bougainvillea, bush cherry, sago palms and aralias, which are easy to grow and maintain.
In nature trees are meant to grow outdoors therefore when you decide to have a bonsai tree indoor you need to take proper care of it so that it can stay healthy and miniature in the years to come. There are certain important factors that need to be kept in mind before you place the plant indoor. The first factor is regarding keeping the plant appropriately during summer and winter months. During summer the plant can be kept outside as because the temperature at night does not go below 40 degrees. However when you place the plant out ensure that it receives adequate amount of sunlight during the day. However during high afternoon it would be better to place it in some shaded area.
The situation during winter is different. During the day the plant can be place in a sunny spot but during night you need to keep the plant indoors because the temperature outside tend to go below 40 degrees which is detrimental to the wellbeing of the plant. If you want the bonsai plant to be kept indoors, you have to habituate it to the environment inside. For this you need to do it in a gradual manner. Initially you have to keep the plant inside for a few hours and then take it out. Gradually you have to increase the indoor time so that the plant gets habituated in the new atmosphere.
During winter you have to be extra careful when you keep the plant inside. You need to keep the plant in a shallow tray with water and gravel in it; the evaporating water will provide moisture around the plant.
To maintain the miniature growth of the tree you have to trim and pinch the plant regularly. Changing the pot of the plant is also an important process to supply fresh soil. However, you have to learn when and how to trim the plant and change the pot by studying its root system. For proper growth you also need to charge the soil with proper nutrients regularly with the use of fertilizers.
When you are shopping for an indoor bonsai you need to buy one that will suit your environment. There is a difference between indoor bonsai and outdoor bonsai and you have to know which one to buy. Learn about bonsai plants before you embark on having one in your house.