Indoor Bonsai Trees
Indoor bonsai trees are a misnomer in the true sense of the word, because trees used for bonsai are actually those which grow in the wilderness. It is just the training that keeps them small.
It is generally the house plants on which the methods and techniques of bonsai are applied to make them grow as indoor trees. Some of the major challenges faced when growing bonsai trees indoors are
Pruning of bonsai trees is very important to ensure that the tree remains in proper shape and size. For Indoor trees it becomes even more important as an ugly looking plant would spoil the aesthetics of any room.
It is generally advisable that you allow any new branch to grow a few sets of leaves, then cut back around 2/3 rd of the growth, this ensures proper branching and growth of the bonsai.
The best period for repotting of bonsai trees is during their dormancy. Ideally an indoor bonsai tree would need to be repotted in 2 to 3 years, but that would again depend on the age of the tree and the species. If you decide to re pot your tree the ideal months would be around the early winter seasons of December and January. You should also consider carrying out some root trimming exercises for your bonsai plant during this time. Add some organic fertilizers and micronutrients to the soil to aid the growth of the Indoor Bonsai tree.
Some of the plant species best suited for Indoors are
- Desert Rose
- Chinese Elm
- Fukien Tea
Indoor bonsai is a viable option for people staying in apartments where they do not enjoy the luxury of open spaces. With limited space inside the home bonsai trees can be grown with a lot of love and care.
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