The indoor bonsai plants have become a very popular decoration and addition to the enjoyment of one’s home. Although bonsai trees are naturally cultivated outside because they need genuine warmth of the sun, there are some plants that are can be kept in the comforts of one’s home. Such trees include the Ficus tree.
Keeping your plant indoors may be a little complicated because you will deprive it of the sunlight and warmth it needs. Even though you place it on the window with no obstruction, it is still insufficient. Mostly, the woody plants work best when they are exposed to 50% sunlight. Otherwise, problems and diseases may begin. To solve this, you can place your bonsai in the sunniest spot of your home. Do not place it too close to the window glass to prevent extreme heat buildup. This may suffice tropical plants but for the woody ones, you may need to install some fluorescent light above them for about 6 inches. Twelve hours of artificial light will be adequate for your plant.
When watering your indoor bonsai, you may need to immerse it occasionally particularly when it is completely dry or has just been recently repotted. You can do this also if you want to soak it with a fertilizer solution. You can water your plant overhead and then wait for the soil to absorb it before sprinkling it with another. Your indoor plant also needs some fertilizers. You can do so in a schedule, which is recommended by many experts. Once a week, you can fertilize your plant with soluble ones and use them as directed. Fertilize only when they are rowing actively and you can stop during their dormant period.
Air circulation is also pertinent for your houseplants. Leave your window open to welcome the fresh breeze. During winter, you can use a small electric fan to lightly blow the air around your plant. These indoor plants also need high humidity. You can provide this to your plant through placing it on a layer of small stones contained in a large tray, which is water-filled. The tray should be flat and do not let the pot touch the water or else you might end up having algae.
Growing your bonsai indoors will not keep it safe from diseases and pests. You might need to spray and apply some insecticide on your plants whenever you catch some of those pests pestering your plants. Carefully following these tips will help you make a beautiful and exquisite indoor bonsai. Beginners can start with the genus Ficus because this is the easiest species for growing indoors. Once you have learned the basics, you will be able to expertly master the techniques in caring for your plant, enabling you to grow almost every kind of plant species indoors.