Which indoor bonsai would be suitable for a shady living room?

We have been sent a great question by Paul Redding this morning:-

Hello, thinking about having one of your premium bonsai trees for my birthday soon. I want to give it as much care as you will have done. Could you recommend any trees that would be suited to shade. I would like it in my living room but as its at the darker side of the house I would be lying in saying its going to see sunlight. Don't get me wrong, you can sit in there without the light on but there is no area in which any sun light comes through directly.
Hopefully you may have something I can buy?
Kind regards,

Bonsai Direct Reply:

By far the best bonsai for your living room would be the Fig /Ficus.
This is an absolutely stunning bonsai with deep green glossy leaves and lovely ariel roots which develop as the bonsai matures.
It is easy to care for and will thrive in shade.
Please see the link below:


I hope this helps
Kind regards

Fig (Ficus retusa)

The fig has dark green glossy leaves and is unusual in that it will tolerate lower light levels. The fig makes a fantastic indoor bonsai and should be protected from the frost. It buds back very quickly after pruning and has an immense amount of character in the truck and aerial root system. A very powerful bonsai, fun and easy to care for. It is also less susceptible to pest attack. Protect from cold (min 10oC).


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  • Bonsai Direct

    The other variety of bonsai which does very well in lower light levels is the Oriental Tea Tree (Carmona microphylla). It does like a stable temperature but thrives in darker positions.
    This bonsai flowers too!

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