Read about indoor bonsai garden and the care guide
of bonsai. Indoor bonsai plant also helps in decorating your interiors.
Indoor Bonsai Garden
Rewind your memory some ten to fifteen years back and
you can easily get a picture of grandmothers and mothers making a sort
of garden in front of the house to grow daily-required vegetables. Also
they would grow the often-needed flower for worship. Here the 'sort of'
word is used, as the concept was not refined to the degree as it is
today. Though such a view is quite common in smaller towns even today
but in metro cities it have lessened up. It is mainly due to the lack of
space and also the appeal is changing in the eyes of the people. Here
indoor gardening fills the gap.
Indoor gardening is becoming a popular concept as it acts as a medicine
to person addicted to it and also helps in decoration. When the word
indoor garden comes to our mind the most common indoor garden type
inevitably is bonsai. We have also given a care guide of bonsai. Though
bonsai can be grown both outside and also indoor bonsai garden
is quite a common one.
Indoor bonsai plant
- Carmona Macrophylle (Fukien Tea Tree)
- Ficus Retusa (Fig Tree)
- Ligustrum Nitida (Chinese Privet)
- Nandina Domestica (Sacred Bamboo)
- Podocarpus Chinese Yew (Buddhist Pine)
- Sageretia Theezans (Chinese Bird Plum)
- Serissa Foetida (Tree of a Thousand Stars)
- Ulmus Parvifolia (Chinese Elm)
- Chinese Pepper Tree.
Care guide of Bonsai
You can give your desirous size and shape to bonsai by growing them in
small container. This will control the growth of roots. Also trim them
often, as it will keep them healthy because extensive growth is not
quite favorable in small root ball. But the trimming of bonsai has a
specific method. In deciduous trees you can see a minor bud at the
beginning of the leaf. Find out the direction where the bud is facing
and you have to trim in that direction because the new shoot will grow
from there. In small trees the only thing needed in shaping is trimming
but in bigger trees you will have to bend the branches and trunk to give
it a shape. There are many ways to do it but the most common form is by
tying a wire. Remember to do these shaping and structuring of bonsai in
the growing season only.
After your bonsai has been brought it is quite normal that till 2 weeks
some leaves will turn yellow. It requires some time to adjust to the
atmosphere. Don't pluck them, as they will grow repetitively causing
harm to new buds.
Fill a bowl with tepid water. Dip the tree into so that the water comes
up to the brim and the soil is covered with water. Keep for 5 minutes
and then place it on a draining board to drain the extra water. Then
take it out from water. Don't keep it in water after draining. Bonsai
requires a large amount of water but it should be proportionate. During
the peak of summer water bonsai at every alternate days. So the
best-recommended thing for watering bonsai is a humidity tray. You can
also spray mist twice a day.
Place your bonsai in a bright place but not under the scorching heat.
If you don't accurately place the bonsai then it will have no leaves or
large leaves on thin shoots. The best place for bonsai is semi-shaded
outdoors compared to windowsills, as the temperature is flexible in the
sills of window.
Unlike any other indoor or outdoor plant bonsai needs nutrition. You
can sprinkle Phostrogen tomato feed or other special fertilizer
especially for bonsai. During summer once a week and in winter once a
month the fertilizer should be given.
One thing that should always be the foremost for a bonsai-fancier is
that excess water and fertilizer can burn the roots and kill the bonsai.