Trees are definitely something that you would see outdoors instead of indoors. So it is not a surprise that Bonsai trees are also found outdoors. Bonsai trees being an indoor plant is a common mistake among people. Most of the Bonsai trees are like typical trees where you need to put them outside your house. There are only a few types of Bonsai trees that can survive indoors, and most of these are tropical trees such as Ficus Bonsai, Carmona (also known as Fukien tea), Sageretia, etc.
Indoor Bonsai Plants Care Guidelines
The biggest reason why non-tropical bonsai trees can’t survive indoors is due to the stable temperature indoors. Most non-tropical trees need to experience all four seasons, which they can’t have when they are kept indoors.
How to care for your indoor Bonsai tree?
Taking care of an indoor Bonsai tree is different from taking care of a standard potted plant. Due to the Bonsai’s limitations, it cannot absorb nutrients since it is inside smaller pots than other indoor plants. It will be necessary to put them in an area with high humidity and temperature.
The most challenging part of taking care of indoor Bonsai is giving it the right amount of sunlight. Typically, this type of Bonsai needs high-intensity sunlight. Lack of the sun will stump the plant’s growth and will gradually weaken it. You can avoid this dilemma by placing your bonsai directly to a window located in the south area of your home. If you can’t have natural sunlight, you can give your bonsai trees artificial lighting using fluorescent light or other similar items that will provide sunlight.
Other than the lighting, indoor Bonsai requires high humidity. Usually, the moisture inside your home is not enough for these plants. Not enough humidity can possibly be the cause of your plants to die. So instead, you can place your Bonsai in a tray with water and mist it a few times a day to solve this issue. Opening your window also helps in improving the increasing the humidity level in your house.
All types of plants have a proper way of watering them. One cardinal rule of watering Bonsai trees is never to do it in routines. What you need to do is to monitor your plant and just water it when it is necessary. Do not base your watering routine with others since each plant is different.
Tropical bonsai trees are generally in environments with high temperatures. You can put your Bonsai tree in your living room where there is an average room temperature. On the other hand, subtropical bonsai species live in lower temperatures than tropical ones. You can place them in a room with a lower average temperature.
If you really do not have outdoor spaces to keep your Bonsai trees, then keeping them indoors can still be an option. These trees are not typical for indoors. However, this should not stop you from having them indoors. You can be guided with these tips for your indoor bonsai plant.