Your Guide To Growing A Beautiful Indoor Bonsai – Part II

While some plants can be grown both indoors and outdoors, thereĀ  are quite a few plants that are positively labeled as indoor bonsai plants. In this second write-up I am going to introduce you to several of the most frequently used plants for indoor bonsai, and offer a number of tips on how to pick out the highest quality plant material for your bonsai undertaking.

There are lots of different suppliers from which you can find excellent quality plants and trees for your indoor bonsai project. A specialized bonsai nursery is usually the very best place to shop for a bonsai tree, and here you will be able to find out what type of potting mixture must be used and when the plant has to be repotted.The very best spot to search for bonsai plants and trees is at a nursery that specializes in bonsai trees. The men and women at the nursery can give you lots of care instructions, including the kind of planting material that was used, and when it should be re-potted next. You may choose to purchase an already established bonsai tree. This is a good way for you to begin building your collection, but it might be more costly. Another great place to get plants and trees which might be well suited for bonsai is at your local garden center. Understand that the staff at these kinds of stores are going to be less experienced regarding bonsai however.

Because lots of common house plants can be trained as a bonsai you could possibly begin by checking out plants you currently have around the house to see if any are appropriate. If you should happen to kill one of your earliest attempts it’ll be much less painful on the wallet. Always begin with a healthy plant to have the best chances of long-term success.

Very carefully inspect the plants, regardless if you are purchasing a houseplant from a garden center, or an established bonsai nursery, for signs of disease and insect infestation. Foliage should appear bright green. The buds should be fresh with firm young shoots. A plant that hasn’t been well cared for and not been provided enough water may have dried up buds on it. The plants trunks and branches should also look strong and healthy. Whether buying an already established bonsai, or purchasing a houseplant to make your own bonsai, it is a good idea to review the various styles of bonsai before you go. This will help you locate plants with the best shape, balance, and proportion.

I’ve compiled a list of plants that are great as indoor bonsai and are also a good choice for the beginner bonsai grower:

Java Fig (Ficus benjamina) This plant is commonly available as an established bonsai. You can also buy it as an ordinary houseplant and train it yourself. This plant is a popular evergreen shrub native to a large part of southeast Asia. Several bonsai styles work well with the Java fig including, the broom style, the cascade and semi-cascade style, the informal upright, and the slanting style.

Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) This plant is commonly available as an established bonsai. You can also buy it as an ordinary houseplant and train it yourself. This is a tree that can be grown either indoors or outdoors. When grown indoors it will stay green year round.

Chinese Box (Murraya paniculata) You can buy this as an already established bonsai or you can buy it as a small potted houseplant at a reputable garden store and modify it into a bonsai. This is a beautiful indoor bonsai. It has fragrant flowers that appear throughout the year.

California Juniper (Juniperus californica) Available as an established bonsai or as a houseplant to be modified. This is an evergreen with yellow-green leaves with a scalelike appearance. Some styles that can be considered for this plant are cascade and semi-cascade, formal and informal upright, broom, and slanting.

Jade Plant (Crassula ovata) You can buy this as a houseplant and train it as a bonsai yourself, or it is widely available as an established bonsai. This pant will stay green year round when grown indoors. The Jade Plant shows best when trained in the slanting, informal upright, or broom styles.

This list hardly scratches the surface as far as being a comprehensive list of plants and trees that can make beautiful indoor bonsai. As time passes you will discover more and more species and varieties of trees to include ion your bonsai collection.


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