If you are new to bonsai gardening, you may be excited to find out more about indoor bonsai trees, the different species, the environment in which they thrive, and the cost of buying or growing your bonsai.
Usually grown in small pots, jars, or containers, bonsai trees take much less time than regular trees to grow and mature due to their small size. You can either buy a fully grown bonsai from nurseries and other cultivators or grow your own according to your preferences.
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The needs and requirements of each species of trees are different. Most bonsai trees need a lot of light. Trees like Serissa need humidity. Generally, bonsai trees that flower a lot need warm, temperate environments. Trees like Jade bonsai don’t need extensive care and only need minimal watering since they can store water in their leaves.
Some bonsai plants don’t survive in low temperatures and may need direct exposure to sunlight. You may want to choose a variety that is compatible with your indoor environment.
Size of the Tree
The size of the tree is an important consideration. You could choose a tree as small as 10 cm. The tiny indoor bonsai trees can be placed on your desk, or shelf provided the conditions are favorable. You could choose bigger trees to occupy larger spaces.
Larger bonsai, like Eucalyptus trees, may look like shrubs or plants because of their size. Large bonsai trees look great on indoor balconies or other corners of the house where the tree has the space to grow.
Some bonsai are hard to nurture and require expert care, resources, and specific conditions. You may want to choose a beginner-friendly tree, like Ficus, the Chinese Juniper, or the Chinese elm, as these trees don’t need extensive care and can flourish in a range of climates. They also don’t need frequent pruning or regular soil changes.
If you choose a more complicated tree like the Bald Cypress, you will have to ensure you water the tree every day, test the soil for dryness, and nourish the soil regularly.
Cost of Maintenance
Some bonsai trees are more expensive to maintain than others. Choosing a tree that can survive and thrive in your location’s natural climate will be the most cost-effective choice. Setting up artificial heaters, humidifiers, or coolers to provide the best environment for your bonsai will turn out to be expensive.
Several varieties can adapt to most climate changes. If you are a beginner or just gardening bonsai as a fun hobby, it may be best to choose a simple tree that doesn’t involve expensive maintenance or meticulous care.
Indoor Bonsai Trees Add to the Freshness and Beauty of Your Space
Indoor bonsai trees are a beautiful addition to your home or office. They are a great way to add a touch of nature to your space. Most bonsai trees are easy to maintain and grow. With these plants, a little patience and extra care can go a long way. The best part is, most mistakes you are likely to make as a beginner can be easily corrected.