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How to choose a bonsai: advice on choosing the bonsai that best suits your needs and propensities. Indoor and outdoor bonsai. Here is our guide to choosing.
Before choose the bonsaiabout your dreams, there is one thing you need to know:one cannot speak, in an absolutist way, ofindoor bonsaioroutdoor bonsai!
The ones we callindoor bonsai they should be placed outside during the summer. On the contrary, ioutdoor bonsaithey can be grown in the garden or on the balcony of the house 360 days a year because they are more resistant to cold.
How to choose a bonsai:understand what you're up against
THEbonsaithey don't need tocaresuperlative and everyone, with a little passion, can grow bonsai at home or in the garden. I know that in most articles you will read the opposite but… it is true that ibonsaithey take time but in reality, the daily attention will make the difference.
Abonsai, in summer, it even requires four irrigations a day! It is easy to give water to a plant but it is challenging to do it four times a day.Are you ready for this?
Forchoose a bonsaiyou have to consider especially thecareit will need. If you don't like the idea of being bound to so much care, you will have tochoose a resistant bonsaito drought.
How to choose an indoor bonsai
As I told you, even iindoor bonsaithey need to live outdoors. With the termindoor bonsaiwe indicate species that can live, for a long period, within thehome.
These plants are resistant to low humidity and can receive a limited amount of light. THEbonsaithat best suit thecultivation at homeI'm:
- Ficus bonsai
Very popular is the ficus retusa also known as ficus ginseng. To cite other examples of ficus bonsai, Ficus microcarpa and Ficus formosanum.
- Pepper plant
Among allindoor bonsai, Ficus Retusa or Ficus Ginseng is the one that is best able to tolerate the home environment even in the summer. If you need abonsaifromgrow indoors365 days a year, better bet on this. In addition, the nurserymen who supply shops like Ikea have selected very resistant hybrid varieties, created to adapt to growing at home.
Many say that even theChinese elmcan be considered a indoor bonsai. In part it is true, you can grow it indoors, but this plant prefers to be outdoors in the summer.
In the spring-summer period, it is good practice to move all theindoor bonsai. During this time the plants shouldreinvigorateso as to be able to face a new life cycle inside the house starting from the following autumn.
How to choose an outdoor bonsai
Here the choice is much wider. If you decide to grow indoorsoutdoor bonsaiyou will condemn the plant to almost certain death. Here is the list of outdoor bonsai.
All plants of the genus Acer.
- Pine tree
- Apple tree
- Beech tree
Ginkgo - Ginko
- Oak tree
- Zelkova orChinese elm/ Japanese elm
- Chinese elm
- Olive tree
- Citrus fruits
- Cherry and apricot
Choosing aoutdoor bonsaiit is more complex because you have more factors to consider. Remember that a fast growing plant requires more care and that many bonsai do not tolerate excessively cold temperatures or wind.
Wind is the number one enemy of all plants: it causes rapid dehydration. If your idea is that ofgrow bonsai on the balconyand you live in a windy area, be careful!
If you live facing the sea, the Pinus species adapt well to the marine environment, as does aolive tree bonsai. Citrus are perfect for those who live in the Mediterranean area, even in windy areas.
Who lives in the north and is looking for acold-resistant bonsaican point to a grove ofMetasequoia.
THEoutdoor bonsaithey should be placed in a place in the garden or on the balcony sheltered from the wind. During the summer, the bonsai pots should be placed in a slightly shaded area while in the winter they should be placed in full sun.
The most complex care to devote to bonsai, whether indoors or out, concerns tying and pruning. For every information:how to take care of a bonsai.