Friday, May 6, 2011

How can you Propagate Indoor Bonsai Trees

'How can you Propagate Indoor Bonsai Trees'

Article by Preston Blackmore

Bonsai trees can be propagated indoors. Indoor bonsai trees can tolerate an enclosed environment, unlike most trees that they need to be exposed outdoors to flourish well. Indoor bonsai trees also have specific requirements so that they can grow well. You should learn about the proper ways on how to propagate an indoor bonsai so that your bonsai will grow well and your investment in your bonsai will not be a waste.

You should know the basic requirements of an indoor bonsai tree to allow them to grow well and develop beautifully. Here are some tips about the necessities of an indoor miniature tree:

1) Water your indoor miniature tree when the soil gets dry. You should check the soil first by dipping your finger about an inch to the ground to check if the soil is dry. When the soil is dry, you should pour enough water that some of it will come out from the holes of the bonsai container.

2) They can tolerate low light. Tree species, specifically tropical species, that are grown as indoor miniature tree can grow with little exposure to sunlight because they grow beneath the tall trees in the forest. You can put your indoor bonsai tree near the window or expose it to a fluorescent lamp instead.

3) Feed your indoor miniature tree well. Indoor little trees need sufficient amounts of fertilizer since they are confined in a covered environment. Fertilizer will nourish your indoor bonsai so that it will grow well and appear wonderful. You just have to follow the instructions, which are placed on the fertilizer’s packaging, on how to put fertilizer and how much will be given to your bonsai.

4) Regular trimming and pinching of your indoor bonsai. Tropical and subtropical tree species grow at diverse rates, and that is the reason why you should monitor the rate of growth on your indoor bonsai tree species to determine if it needs trimming and pinching. Tropical and subtropical species require periodic trimming and pinching.

5) Perform repotting. Repotting should be done when the roots have filled the bonsai container. You should consider the tree species and the season of the year before performing repotting to prevent harming your bonsai tree. Repotting should be done carefully to prevent causing damage on the roots.

6) Eradicate insects and diseases in your indoor bonsai. When you observe any insects on your bonsai or if your bonsai appears unhealthy, you should consult a bonsai expert and inquire on how to eliminate the insects and how to treat its disease. Insects and diseases are hindrances on the proper growth of your indoor bonsai tree.

Tropical and subtropical species are good candidates for indoor bonsai. Here are some examples of tree species that are suitable as an indoor bonsai:

Tropical Species include Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina), Willow leafed fig (Ficus neriifolia), Hawaiian umbrella tree (Schefflera arboricola), Jade plant (Crassula ovata), Dwarf jade (Portulacaria afra), Dragon plant (Dracaeria marginata), and Holiday cactus (Schlumbergera).

Subtropical Species include Sacred bamboo (Nadina domestica), Podocarps (Podocarpus macrophyllus), Pomegranate (Punica granatum), and Chinese Elm (Ulmus Parvifolia).

About the Author

Preston Blackmore is a Bonsai enthusiast. He has worked with local masters to learn everything there is to know about Bonsai. Now these years of research and development are at your fingertips. For more information on Indoor Bonsai Tree, visit

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