Bonsai are miniature trees that easily attract us , right? They are very beautiful, ideal to have on the balcony, patio or terrace. But what about indoors? Keep in mind that, although small, they are trees, and as such they need to feel the climatic variations in order to develop and grow in a healthier way.
That is why today I am going to tell you the risks of having a bonsai indoors .
The so-called indoor bonsai that we find in nurseries and garden centers are actually trees of tropical species that would not survive the winter in our area . Among them we have the Serissa, Sagerethia, Carmona and some Ficus. These are, in general, species that are not very suitable for that person who begins in this world, and that, seeing that it is difficult for him to survive the cold months, can make us believe that taking care of a bonsai is too complicated.
Tropical bonsai can be kept indoors , but always bearing in mind the following:
- Location : it should be in a room with plenty of natural light, away from drafts and heating.
- They need a high ambient humidity , for this several glasses with water can be placed around it, or a greenhouse can be built for it. The sprays could be harmful, since they would create the ideal environment for the appearance of fungi.
- Also, the plate should not be kept under water . Once we water, we will let 20 or 30 minutes pass and remove the excess water.
- Whenever possible, the ideal is to have it outdoors all year round and indoors when temperatures begin to cool down .
Still, if you want to get started in this world, I encourage you to try: elms (also Zelkova), and native species (pomegranate, fig, laurel,… among others). These are very resistant, suitable to have outside all year round.