To sum up the question we are answering here, we could ask ourselves:
Do indoor bonsai tree exist ?
As bonsai is Japanese for “tree in a pot”, and an indoor bonsai would be a tree in a pot inside your home or office, then yes, it does exist. However, the answer is not as simple. The problems are arising from the basic bonsai care
you must provide to your indoor tree. It is very possible to maintain an indoor bonsai; however it will not thrive as it would in outside climate
Even if temperature is the same in your house, different factors will contribute to changing the conditions you will submit your bonsai tree to. A perfect spot in summer could be a deadly spot in winter. To close to a window could cause some unwanted temperature fluctuations, as temperature changes as the day progress.
An indoor bonsai care basic is that a constant temperature is ideal for a tree growing inside. But, temperature is not enough. Two other factors are essential, see crucial, to an indoor bonsai tree. The first being the light and the second being the humidity.
When a tree grows outside, he is taking full advantage of the sun and it numerous reflections. Light is dispersing around the tree almost at a 360 degree radius. The best part of the sunlight is that is it moving on its own. As the sun moves in the sky, different parts of your tree are exposed to direct sunrays. Inside your home, light from the sun, is reduced, and sometime near to none.
Lack of light for a tree will have a few effects on him. Firstly, a tree is a phototropic being, meaning it search for the light. Have you ever see a sunflower plant turning it’s flower towards the sun ? This is phototropism. Trees and bonsai plant are doing the same to a lesser extent. When a branch lack lights, the branch will put an extra effort to grow quickly in order to reach the light faster. This will result in a leggy branch with long internodes thus killing the bonsai appearance of your tree. Small internodes in proportion to the rest of the tree are an essential part of a great looking bonsai.
The second effect of the lack of light is the growth vigour decrease the tree will suffer. For some, a slow growth rate is good for bonsai, no ? Yes, slow growth is good, but overall, the tree will weaken itself and will produce smaller branch, will produce less energy, and it will eventually result in leaf loss.
To fight the lack of light inside, we suggest placing your bonsai tree near a window, on a low table in a sunny room, as sunrays are entering the room in a downward position.
The second crucial element is humidity. Bonsai trees have fewer roots and are usually in a small pot which means that have less surface to nourish them of water. Trees are also expelling water from their transpiration process. This is why maintaining a proper humidity level is essential to a bonsai survival.
Heating and electrical elements are contributing to dryness of the air. A television set could be a source of heat that would accelerate the transpiration of your tree and thus, increasing the humidity needs of your bonsai. This is why we suggest placing your tree far away from any heat source.
A simple suggestion to maintain a proper humidity level is to keep a humidifier in your grow room. Or, if you don’t have a humidifier and want to save a few electrical dollars, you could mist your indoor bonsai with water a few times a day.
The most common species are species of tree originating from warmer climate region, such as tropical are semitropical region. Amongst the most popular, are Ficus Retusa
, Ficus Religiosa
, serissa, jade and Ligustrum Japonicum
and Orange Jasmine
species which you can find in our tropical tree seeds
, section. It is always good to learn the indoor bonsai care tips for a specific species before adventuring yourself with it.