As a rule, bonsai trees are grown outdoors. While they may seem small and fragile compared to their wild counterparts,
However, there may be situations where you would like to grown the bonsai indoors. For example, when you have a tree specimen that is not native to the climate in your part of the world, growing it indoors will allow you to control the conditions better. Or when you are expecting a harsh winter, bringing your bonsai indoors will help it survive.
Indoor bonsai care instructions should be properly observed in these cases so that you overcome the challenges that are present in growing bonsai in a closed environment. Here are some tips to help you along:
Choose a spot for your bonsai tree where it can get sufficient sunlight. Depending on the needs of the specific bonsai specimen you are working with, choose a location that can give it full sun, or partial shade. When trees do not receive sufficient sunlight, it will not be able to produce enough food to support its pace of growth.
Make sure your bonsai receives sufficient amount of moisture. Water when the soil appears dry – this could mean watering every few hours. When the temperature is warm, spray the leaves generously with water for additional moisture. This will keep the humidity levels up.
Fertilize your bonsai. This will allow you to replenish the nutrients in the soil. When applying fertilizer, make sure you dilute it and use about half of the recommended strength. This is because the organic components of your bonsai soil are few, and your tree is small. Using too much fertilizer will cause leaf burn.
A good schedule is to fertilize once every month, except during winter months when the tree is hibernating.
Trim and pinch to keep your bonsai tree’s shape and form, but trim conservatively. You only want to remove enough to keep the tree’s shape, but not too much that the tree will not have sufficient leaves to support itself.
Training. Train your tree to the form that you desire. There are different methods that you can use when training your trees.
Re-pot your bonsai tree every 2 to 3 years. Once the root ball has become pot bound, it’s time to remove it from the pot to be repotted. Repotting encourages the growth of a more compact root system. The best time to do this is during early spring or mid summer depending on your tree specimen. Carefully remove the roots from its pot, gently dusting away soil that has clung to it. Trim the outer roots of the tree, making sure you remove not more that 1/4 of the root system. Then plant it back in a pot (could be the same pot) using fresh bonsai soil mix.
How you care for a bonsai tree often depends on the tree specimen that you are growing. And even then, you will need to pay a lot of attention to the signs and clues that your specific bonsai will give you to be able to respond to its needs best.
To learn more about how to care for popular specimens such as the maple bonsai or the juniper bonsai tree, click on the links here
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