Growing an indoor bonsai tree can be a great hobby full of rewards and relaxation. Or, it can be a frustrating experience that ends up costing a lot of money with nothing to show for it. What makes the difference? There is a plain and simple answer – knowledge and patience. Does this mean that the beginner has no hope of being successful? No! It just means that before starting the wonderful journey into the world of bonsai, you must make sure that you have the basic knowledge to maximize your chance for success. Two of the first steps are choosing a optimal location and choosing the correct species.
Indoor Bonsai Tree Location
The first thing you need to consider is where you want to keep your bonsai tree. Since a bonsai is, after nothing more than a miniature tree – the only difference between a bonsai tree and a regular ordinary tree is the size and care – they are best grown outdoors. This doesnt mean that you can grow an indoor bonsai tree just that extreme care is needed on such things as type, location, tools and supplies. Indoor bonsai trees in general should be placed in a sunny area near a window where there is minimal exposure to variations in temperature. Do not place a bonsai tree on a window sill however, as there is a high chance of temperature variation there. Also avoid areas near heating ducts or vents, as the temperature will vary there.
Indoor Bonsai Species
Indoor bonsai trees generally range from 8 to 12 inches in height. There are several species that do well indoors provided there are the correct conditions. In General you want to choose a Tropical or Sub-tropical species, as these are types that generally thrive at a temperature around 65 degrees. Since this is close to the temperature that most people keep their homes and offices, these species do very well indoors. Some of the most popular types of indoor bonsai trees include: Baby Jade, Chinese Elm, Ficus, and Japanese Maple. The primary factors to look at when choosing a tree are to look at which one or ones thrive in an environment that matches your home, which styles have availability of good quality trees, and of course personal preference.
Choosing a good location and the correct type of tree are among the most crucial elements for indoor bonsai tree success. It is well worth the effort to learn important details before purchasing your indoor bonsai tree. If you correctly place your tree, and choose a species that adapts well to an indoor environment, you will be well on your way to a successful bonsai experience. Bonsai is a hobby and art form you can enjoy for a lifetime!