The Art of Bonsai

Bonsai

Bonsai is the Japanese Art-form of training and pruning plants to create a miniature form of its full-grown self. Plants are grown in traditional ceramic saucers, kept shallow to help restrict growth. With a little patience and care you can create an extremely beautiful and individual plant, which makes a handsome oriental feature in your home. Our garden centres stock a range of easy to grow indoor varieties to choose from. 

Indoor Bonsai Tree Care

Caring for an indoor Bonsai Tree is different from that of normal potted houseplants. The main reason is that Bonsai Trees are planted in small pots and therefore have limited access to nutrients and water. There are several trees that you can grow indoors but the most common and the easiest to care for is the Ficus (or Fig) Bonsai, making it a good choice for beginners.  

Light

Bonsai thrive in bright light with some direct sunlight. Therefore, make sure to place your Bonsai in a bright spot, preferably directly in front of a window facing the south. You can also use artificial lighting or a light-emitting diode to increase the light intensity.

Bonsai Tree

Humidity

Indoor Bonsai need a relatively high humidity, away from the drying influences of central heating. To overcome this, you can place your Bonsai Tree on a humidity tray filled with water and by misting it throughout the day.  Stand your Bonsai in a shady spot in the garden during the warmer summer months.

Watering

In their shallow saucers, Bonsai are prone to drying out quickly, particularly if grown indoors. It is important to learn to observe your trees individually and know when they need to be watered, rather than to follow a routine. You should not water your tree when the soil is still wet but only when it feels slightly dry; use your fingers to check the soil at around one centimetre deep.

During the growing season, feed your Bonsai once a month with diluted liquid fertiliser, applied at half strength.

Pruning

Regular trimming is necessary to retain the tree’s desired shape. Depending on the variety of Bonsai you chose to grow, training wires can we used to help bend branches into position.

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