The fabulous world of Indoor Bonsai Trees
Indoor bonsai trees offer everyone a little of the outdoors and nature within the comfort of their own home. They are beautiful mature trees which can be grown as indoor house plants. They are also easy to care for and are all supplied with full care instructions.
The different varieties offer a wide range of characteristics, such as flowering, fruiting, enjoying warmer rooms, cooler rooms or even darker rooms.
Indoor bonsai, when kept indoors, will remain evergreen and continue to grow throughout the year – albeit more slowly during autumn & winter months. Thus, the seasons bring changes of colours and other variations such a flowering.
Which bonsai tree is best for indoors?
The top indoor bonsai trees include:
Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) which is extremely natural in appearance with superb proportions & character and is a superb representation of a woodland tree. This bonsai symbolises love, balance, calm and a peaceful energy.
Jade tree (Portulacaria afra) is an incredibly easy indoor bonsai variety to care for, preferring a drier soil, thus requiring less frequent watering. More commonly referred to as the lucky money tree this bonsai signifies luck & prosperity.
Chinese Sweet Plum (Sageretia theezans) is a superb beginners indoor bonsai with small purple fruits from approximately 10 years of age. The stunning foliage has hints of rusty red turning to glossy green. This bonsai symbolises protection, creativity, new life & warm wishes.
Ficus retusa is a member of the fig family and is renowned for thriving in darker rooms. A superb indoor bonsai with bark which displays silver striations and phenomenal aerial roots. The indoor bonsai that signifies love and good health both spiritually and physically.
If you are looking for flowering varieties both the Tree of a Thousand Stars or Snowrose (Serissa foetida) and The Oriental Tea Tree (Carmona mircophylla) both display beautiful star-shaped dainty white flowers and are a must for any indoor bonsai grower. The tree of a Thousand Stars makes a superb gift as it symbolises well-being, luck and hope. The Oriental Tea Tree is an extremely artistic species and signifies courage and ‘heart’. The perfect gift for the message of love & devotion.
Where should bonsai be kept in the house?
Indoor Bonsai Positioning
It is best to place your indoor bonsai on a humidity or drip tray. This will catch the water draining through the holes in the bottom of the bonsai pot. The water will then evaporate and will create some humidity around your bonsai, especially when the central heating is on during winter months. Bonsai trees loves this added humidity and respond well by growing faster. You can enhance this further during winter months by misting the leaves on a daily basis with water using a mister/sprayer. Please take care that the tray does not overflow onto your furniture and make sure that your bonsai does not sit in the water. If bonsai trees sit in water this can rot the roots and the bonsai can become weak.
Good daylight is essential to the health of an indoor bonsai tree. During winter place your bonsai in the brightest place possible, trying to avoid hot objects like radiators and televisions. In summer time beware of hot south facing windows, a little sunlight morning or evening is beneficial, but too much and your bonsai could over heat. Basically, your bonsai needs a position with good daylight but out of direct sunlight.
Some indoor bonsai varieties are a little more fussy than others. Chinese Elms, Chinese Sweet Plum, Ficus and Jade tree will all tolerate temperature fluctuations. The flowering species such as the Oriental Tea Tree and Tree of a Thousand Stars/Snowrose prefer an even temperature with minimal temperature fluctuations. These two species like a warm position away from draughts so please position with this in mind.