How Do I Water My Indoor Bonsai Tree?

Watering indoor bonsai trees

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.

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What happens when I go on holiday?

If you are just going away for a short break (upto 5 days) please stand your bonsai in a tub or the kitchen sink in water, so that the water level is at least half way up the pot. Please ensure that it is in a cool position. The bonsai will be over-watered for a few days but this is perferable to drying out. Upon your return remove the bonsai from the water and then only water again when the soil is barely damp. Then return to your normal watering regime.

If you are going away for longer than 5 days then you need to find a friend or neighbour to take care of the bonsai for you. Please leave them with care instructions and you could even recommend that they watch our bonsai watering video above. It is normally a good idea for them to take it home with them - then they won't forget to water it!


4 thoughts on “How Do I Water My Indoor Bonsai Tree?”

  • Ceri Wells

    I am going away for 10 days in July. To water my bonsai, it was suggested that I place the pot on a brick in a basin with water below the pot level, then cover the surface of the pot with a cloth at either end which is immersed in the water so that the bonsai is watered by capillary action. Do you think this would work?

    • bonsaidirect

      Dear Ceri,
      I think if you do this the bonsai will dry out.
      I would preferably ask someone to look after it or stand the bonsai in water.
      This will overwater it for a short time but this is preferable to it drying out.
      when you return please allow to drain the revert to keep the soil damp,
      I hope this link helps:

      kind regards

  • Giedre Andriusaityte
    Giedre Andriusaityte 8th June 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Friend bought tree from you for Christmas for me. I fallow all instruction and even order lots of your products, but 5 months later tree was dead. Straight after Christmas tree start loosing leaves and at the end was just plain stick, I notice some little white insects walking on soil. I’m gutted that I need to loose my tree, I’m thinking to get a new one just to replace my present, but now I’m scared that once you send me new one will haven same.

    • bonsaidirect

      Dera Giedre,
      Please could you send me a few photos so we can try and establish the cause of the leaf drop.
      Many thanks
      Sarah -

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