Bonsai Trees Care

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Growing Bonsai Indoors

The most common types of indoor Bonsai plants are:

  • Carmona Macrophylle (Fukien Tea Tree)
  • Ficus Retusa (Fig Tree)
  • Ligustrum Nitida (Chinese Privet)
  • Nandina Domestica (Sacred Bamboo)
  • Podocarpus Chinese Yew (Buddhist Pine)
  • Sageretia Theezans (Chinese Bird Plum)
  • Serissa Foetida (Tree of a Thousand Stars)
  • Ulmus Parvifolia (Chinese Elm)
  • Chinese Pepper Tree.
  • Carmona Macrophylle (Fukien Tea Tree)
  • Ficus Retusa (Fig Tree)
  • Ligustrum Nitida (Chinese Privet)
  • Nandina Domestica (Sacred Bamboo)
  • Podocarpus Chinese Yew (Buddhist Pine)
  • Sageretia Theezans (Chinese Bird Plum)
  • Serissa Foetida (Tree of a Thousand Stars)
  • Ulmus Parvifolia (Chinese Elm)
  • Chinese Pepper Tree
  • Molding Your Bonsai
    You can achieve your wanted size and shape on your new bonsai by growing them in a small container. This will restrict the growth of roots of your bonsai. You should also trim them very often, this will ensure they are healthy because a large amount of growth is not good in a small root bonsai. When trimming use a specific method. In deciduous trees you can see a minor bud at the beginning of the leaf. Find out the direction where the bud is facing and you must start to trim in that direction because that is where the new shoot will grow. In smaller trees all that is needed in shaping is trimming but in larger trees you will have to bend the branches and trunk to give it a shape. There are many ways to do it but the most used form is by tying a wire. Remember to do these shaping and structuring of bonsai in the growing season only.

    Nurturing Your Bonsai
    After your bonsai has been brought it is usual that for about 2 weeks some leaves will turn yellow. It takes time for your bonsai to adjust to the atmosphere. Never pluck them otherwise they will grow repetitively causing harm to new buds.

    WATERING
    Fill a bowl with tepid water. Dip the tree into the bowl so that the water comes up to the brim and the soil is covered with water. Keep it for 5 minutes and then place it on a draining board to drain the excess water. Then remove it from water. Don’t keep it in water after draining. Bonsai requires a large amount of water but it should be proportionate. During the peak of summer water your bonsai at every alternate days. Another method is spraying mist twice daily.

    Where To Place Your Bonsai
    Place your bonsai in a bright place but not under the scorching heat. If you do not accurately place the bonsai then it will have no leaves or large leaves on thin shoots. The best place for bonsai is semi-shaded outdoors compared to windowsills, as the temperature is flexible in the sills of window.

    Nutrition
    Nutrition Unlike any other indoor or outdoor plant bonsai needs nutrition. You can sprinkle Phostrogen tomato feed or other special fertilizer especially for bonsai. During summer once a week and in winter once a month the fertilizer should be given.   One thing that should always be the foremost for a bonsai-fancier is that excess water and fertilizer can burn the roots and kill the bonsai.

     Thankyou and hope this tips will help keep your indoor bonsai garden growing.