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Care tips for indoor bonsai: watering, fertilizing, repotting, cutting, wire, repotting
What is an indoor bonsai ?
Indoor Bonsai are not hardy. This means that they must be protected from low temperatures during the cold season. Most Indoor bonsai (eg. Ficus, Jadebaum, Sageretie, Carmona, Liguster) come from tropical and subtropical areas. Even in winter there are temperatures far above freezing and indoor bonsai from there do not need to be frost hardy. Indoor bonsai are also genetically unable to adapt to frost.
Picture: As Indoor bonsai frequently offered in online shops
Indoor bonsai: light and temperature
Indoor bonsai, like all plants, need light. Lots of light. They're doing photosynthesis to gain energy. In a normal apartment, the supply of light for room bonsai is very small.
Chinese elm - bonsai care instructions
Chinese elm bonsai
Chinese elm bonsai maintenance - General:
The Chinese elm (Ulmus parvifolia) is a robust, easy-care tree that is popular for bonsai design. It is suitable both for care as room bonsai and as cold house bonsai.
Elm Bonsai care - irrigation, watering:
The Chinese elm doesn't like it too wet or too dry. As soon as the substrate surface has dried slightly, casting should be carried out. Waterlogging and dry bales are to be avoided as far as possible.
If the Chinese elm is maintained as a indoor bonsai, the problem exists that water drips through the water drainage holes onto the window sill and pollutes it. With a bonsai pot drip tray (is supplied in many cases with indoor bonsai directly) this can be avoided easily. In our experience, a ball shower is well suited for casting room bonsai.
Chinese elm prebonsai, Bonsai nursery in China.
In summer it is best to place the Chinese elm outside in full sunlight. Since the Chinese elm is a cold-house plant, it needs a very cool, as bright as possible location, which does not exceed the 10-15°C, in the winter. She even tolerates light frosts. At a cold location, a Chinese elm bonsai as a deciduous tree can throw off all or part of its leaves and stop growing. That shouldn't worry them. It is perfectly normal and also desired. After a hibernation next March, a China elm will sprout all the stronger. It is possible to spend the winter in a bright room. Due to the high metabolism in our warm apartments, however, bonsai elm trees are usually weakened.
Ficus (Fig tree) Bonsai Care - instructions
Fig tree care - General information:
The fig tree (fig, ficus), especially the small-leaved species such as the Banyan fig, are well suited for the design as bonsai. The keeping of the fig tree as an indoor bonsai is uncomplicated. It can be described as a good bonsai beginner tree (inexpensive, available everywhere, easy to style, fast-growing).
The care tips listed here apply to the following fig tree bonsai species or Ficus varieties: Ficus benjamina, Ficus carica, Ficus microcarpa (Ficus ginseng), Ficus pandora, Ficus retusa (banyan fig, Chinese fig tree), Ficus sikkimensis, Ficus Starlight.
Fig tree care - Fertilizing:
In the growing period (March to September) they should fertilize their fig tree Bonsai abundantly. All commercially available Bonsai liquid fertilizers as well as organic solid fertilizers (e. g. Biogold, Hanagokoro) are suitable.