We hope the indoor bonsai care tips below help you care for your bonsai. These bonsai care tips provide just essential information. Our book is available should you require more in depth information or please contact us directly below with any bonsai questions.
- Your bonsai is a living tree and with the right care it should live for many years. We hope that your bonsai brings pleasure to your home.
- During winter place your bonsai in the brightest place possible, trying to avoid hot objects like radiators and televisions. Good daylight is essential to the trees health. In summer time beware of hot south facing windows, a little sunlight morning or evening is beneficial, but too much and your bonsai could over heat.
- To aid the health of your bonsai place it on a humidity tray. This will catch the water draining through the holes in the bottom of the bonsai pot. This water will create some humidity around your bonsai. Please take care that the tray does not overflow onto your furniture and make sure that your bonsai does not sit in the water.
- Watering is the most important part of growing bonsai. Check your bonsai morning and evening to see if it needs watering. If the soil looks dark and feels wet then it will not require watering. Only when the soil looks light brown and feels damp will your bonsai require more water. Water thoroughly all over the soil until the water drains through into a tray or saucer. Never let your bonsai dry out and avoid keeping it constantly wet. The soil should go from wet to damp between watering. Remember the hotter the position the more water your bonsai will use. If the soil surface becomes hard during hot weather simply submerge your bonsai in water, to cover the soil surface, for about ten minutes.
- To maintain the artistic grace and beauty of your bonsai it will need to be pruned regularly. Once new shoots have grown to about 2-3cm, using a sharp pair bonsai scissors carefully cut back to the first pair of new leaves.
- To keep your bonsai strong and healthy we recommend the use of a good bonsai fertiliser. Bonsai fertiliser, a care handbook and further advice are available from our website, www.bonsaidirect.co.uk
- A bonsai is a living work of art and seasonal changes can sometimes be experienced.
Please do not be concerned if, within 2 , 3 weeks of delivery, your bonsai shows signs of yellowing or falling leaves (normally the older leaves, not the new tips). Not all bonsai will exhibit these symptoms, but it is not uncommon. Your bonsai is simply acclimatizing to its new environment. A few leaves may drop, but within a few weeks you should notice new bright green buds starting to develop.
For more information please see Lloyd Noall’s section on BONSAI TREE CARE>