Indoor Bonsai care

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Most people prefer to keep  their Bonsai tree indoors, 

which is perfectly fine as long as  you select the right tree species.

In this video, I discuss the popular  tree species used for Bonsai.

And I will share some practical  advice about Indoor Bonsai Care.

Only tropical and subtropical plants can  survive in the indoor climate of your house;  

where temperatures are high and humidity low.

First, let’s look at a few popular  tree species used as Indoor Bonsai! 

The Ficus is an incredibly popular  tree species used for Bonsai.

This tree is often shaped  with an ’s-curved’ trunk.

The tree has oval, dark green leaves.

The Carmona, or Fukien tea, has small dark-green,  

shiny leaves with tiny white  dots on the upper side.

The Jade tree is also known as  the Portulacaria or Crassula.

It often has a fine branch structure  with thick oval green succulent leaves.

The Chinese Elm, or Ulmus parvifolia, often  develops a fine ramification with small leaves,  

which makes it a very suitable Bonsai plant.

So how do you care for an indoor Bonsai tree? 

Indoor Bonsai are subtropical tree species, which  means they like lots of light and high humidity.

When placed indoors, make sure you put your  Bonsai immediately in front of a window.

It needs a few hours of direct sunlight each day.

Water your indoor bonsai generously  whenever the soil gets slightly dry.

Best is to water your tree, then wait a minute  

and water it again, to make sure  the entire root mass is watered.

Observe the tree closely and  make sure it never dries out.

Daily misting will help raise  the humidity around your Bonsai.

You can also place your tree on a  humidity tray filled with water.

Fertilize your indoor bonsai tree once every two  weeks using a liquid fertilizer while watering.

Regular pruning is required to  maintain the shape of your bonsai.

Simply prune shoots that extend to 4-5 leaves,  back to 2-3 leaves, using a sharp scissors.

Bonsai are kept in small pots, and therefore we  repot the trees every two years, in early spring.

If you see the roots circling around the root  system, your Bonsai needs to be repotted.

If the roots are still contained within soil,  leave it and check again the following spring.

Title: Care problems If your bonsai is dropping  

a lot of leaves, that is often the result  of not enough light or improper watering.

Again, make sure you place your Bonsai at a  very light spot right in front of a window.

And water it generously as soon  as the soil gets slightly dry.

Each tree species has specific care  guidelines, so make sure to look up  

the care guides section on Bonsai Empire  for information about your tree species.

Learn how to create your own Bonsai trees, by  enrolling in one of our online Bonsai courses.

We explain techniques like  pruning wiring and repotting, 

and you can ask questions to the teachers.

For the curriculums and free lessons, go to: bonsaiempire.com/courses