Caring for Indoor Bonsai Plants

Caring for Indoor Bonsai Plants 

 

You’re fascinated by bonsai and want to keep indoor bonsai plants. However, you’re afraid you’ll only kill the plant so you don’t buy a shrub. But who says a bonsai tree will die the minute you turn it into a home decor? Believe it or not, those miniature tree art you admire so much are all alive and well even if they’re made to stay indoors. Yes, you can keep bonsai indoors. What’s more, your plant will thrive even if it’s cooped for most of the day in your apartment. But why leave anything to chance? Here are some tips to help ensure your indoor bonsai plants live long and prosper.

 

1.Study your plant’s water needs.

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The leading causes of death of bonsai trees are heat and thirst. Make sure your plant doesn’t fall victim to either by determining how much water your bonsai needs. How do you do this? No, you don’t talk to your plants although some people swear their plants are so intelligent they communicate back. Rather, you weigh the plant. Make sure it’s completely dry as you do this otherwise you won’t get accurate results. Then, water your plant and weigh it again. The figure you get is the amount of water your plant should get daily.

 

2.Fertilize your bonsai.

     

No matter how busy you are, fertilize your plant at least once a month during growing season. Use water-soluble products which you should apply right after you have watered the plant.

 

3.Make sure your bonsai gets enough sunlight.

     

Leave your tree where it will get at least two hours of sunlight daily. If this isn’t possible, substitute natural sunlight with light from a full-spectrum fluorescent bulb. Just be careful to put at least 18 inches between the tree and the bulb.

 

4.Prune your plant regularly.

     

Pruning lets you maintain the bonsai’s design. Remove the branches that add to the clutter and pinch your bonsai’s leaves to encourage growth. If it’s your first time to prune your plant, though, go slow. Indoor bonsai plants aren’t more delicate than outdoor ones but it pays to take it easy when pruning for the first few times. After all, you cannot put back what you’ve cut away in haste.

 

5.Repot indoor bonsai plant.

     

Repotting should be done every two to three years. Be sure to trim your plant’s root ball by two-thirds. This will help keep the balance between the tree and the roots before fresh soil is introduced. Then, tap the soil down gently around the root base.

 

Do the steps above sound difficult? They shouldn’t. They only seem daunting to the absolute beginner. Given time and plenty of practice, you can go from hesitant to confident where the care for your indoor bonsai plants is concerned. So go ahead, grow bonsai trees for home decoration. An indoor garden is soothing to both the eyes and the soul.