The term indoor bonsai may suggest there are special indoor bonsai plants. Of course, all trees and plants originated outdoors, though some are more suited to surviving indoors, or even thriving given the right conditions, i.e. essentially replicating its natural environment.
Today, with many people residing in cities, apartments, condos etc that have little or no yard space to grow bonsai, many people buy bonsai to keep indoors. Or you just may like the idea of keeping your bonsai indoors for your viewing pleasure. For these people, the below list of species suited for indoor bonsai and a care checklist for indoor bonsai has been written
Indoor Bonsai Types
Plants must be selected to create indoor bonsai that are well suited to your particular environment. Generally, tropical and sub tropical are best.
5 species well suited to indoor bonsai:
- Willow leaf fig
- Chinese banyan
- Fukien Tea Tree
- Jade bonsai
- Dwarf umbrella tree
More information on the above species can be found on my post: Top Ten Bonsai Tree Types….
Indoor Bonsai Care Checklist
Following a few basic care instructions for indoor bonsai, your bonsai should not just survive, but actually thrive in their indoor artificial environment
Watering is key for your bonsai survival. Bonsai should only be watered when they need it, never to a routine such as daily or weekly. Please read how to water bonsai for detailed information.
Many of us live in apartments these days or simply like keeping a bonsai tree indoors for aesthetic reasons. I like keeping regular house plants and bonsai indoors, it gives the house a different feeling to it.
The best place for a bonsai indoors will be near a window or on a balcony. That said, bonsai which do not get adequate light will become pale, possibly even lose leaves and wither.
Where you are unable to provide adequate natural light, artificial light via a lamp is an alternative.
Humidity and Air Circulation
Though secondary considerations to sunlight, air circulation and humidity are still important factors, particularly for indoor bonsai.
Where your outdoor bonsai has been chosen to suit your local climate, the tree is in it natural element; it will be receiving sunlight, natural humidity levels and winds will provide the required air circulation.
Indoor trees are less subject to changes in temperature, however air circulation and humidity may require some assistance.
Air circulation in the warmer months can be provided by an open window. In winter, a small fan may be a better option to avoid the chill coming inside.
Inside the home, heating and air conditioning can dry out the air in the room, hence reducing the humidity available for your bonsai. A humidity tray, a tray containing small stones and some water is a good option to provide a small micro environment around your tree by means of the water evaporating around the tree.
There you have it the indoor bonsai!
Happy bonsai gardening