Monday, October 20, 2008

Maintenance Tips for a Fabulous Indoor Bonsai

Bonsai plants are extremely attractive specimens of age old practice. Because of their attractive appearance, lots of people like to have a bonsai plant in their homes. However, extra care is needed for indoor bonsai plants. This is mostly because they do not receive the full benefits of natural sunlight and natural weather conditions. They might appear to be hardy. But certain types of bonsai are quite picky in their water and light requirements.

Watering Your Indoor Bonsai

When you bring a bonsai tree indoors it will require lighting to replace the natural sunlight that it would have been receiving beforehand. You will also need to monitor how often it is watered. Your bonsai plant will also thrive if kept in a well ventilated area. The variety of bonsai plant that you possess will dictate how how often it requires watering. The soil is also another important factor. Some bonsai plants or trees require damp soil, whilst others survive well in a drought.

Misting your plant might be a necessity. This creates a humid environment similar to a rainforest, which your bonsai will love. If using a humidity tray, be sure to place the pot on some small rocks or a stand so it isn't directly immersed in the water.

Bonsai Cutting and Pruning

Indoor bonsai trees still require pruning and cutting on a regular basis in order to maintain their appearance. Simply because bonsai plants look as though they are frozen in time, does not mean that they do not grow. It is important to repot indoor and outdoor bonsai plants anywhere from once yearly to every three years depending upon what kind of plant or tree it is. It is also important to maintain the branches to keep its style intact.

Depending on the type of bonsai, it's important to reduce the amount of fertilizer you use during the winter. The reason for this is that there are some types of bonsai that go into hibernation at this time. So they don't require as many nutrients as in the warmer months. Bonsais kept inside won't get the full benefits of seasonal cycles due to their artificial surroundings.

It is also important to check indoor bonsai trees for pests and other anomalies. Spiders, mites and various other pests are very happy to make a home in your indoor bonsai. The best practice is to clean the leaves and branches with great care using a damp cloth or a brush.

By following these tips for bonsai care, your tree is sure to be an attractive feature of your home for years to come.

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