Four Tips for Caring for Your Bonsai Tree
1. Water and Light
A bonsai needs more frequent watering than a usual house plant as it has a large drainage hole and should not sit in water. The soil has different rocky elements to allow drainage. Lighting depends on the type of tree. Many indoor bonsai can thrive with regular indoor lighting.
Some of the most popular bonsai are tropical trees and will need to be protected in cold weather. These bonsai can be outdoors during the late spring and summer but must come inside once temperatures drop below 60 degrees. Indoors, ensure the bonsai is protected from cold windows, fans or heat.
The fun part is trimming and turns this hobby into art. Certain bonsai need trimming more often than others. A simple sharp pair of scissors can work. I sell different types of tools specific for bonsai.
Indoor bonsai do not have the natural predators to keep the pests away. The most common culprits are aphids, mealy bugs and spider mites. I sell products specifically for these pests that will ensure your bonsai can flourish during the winter months and indoors.