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Getting Started: Bonsai kitBonsai Trees are a unique aspect to add to your indoor plant garden because of their miniature, confined style. Although they are small, they do require specific attention. For an indoor bonsai tree, it is important to buy a tropical or subtropical variant as they do not go dormant in the winter, unlike their temperate, nontropical counterparts.
Photo Courtesy of Eastern LeafTo start off your Bonsai growing with ease, consider buying a growing Bonsai kit. The Home Grown Bonsai Tree Kit, for instance, comes with 4 varieties of seeds, pots, soil, nutrients, and comprehensive instructions on how to help your tree grow strong. If you choose to forego a pre-made kit, you’ll need to hand-choose an indoor variety to grow!
Jade BonsaiThere are numerous varieties of Bonsai seeds you can purchase depending on what you are looking for. For instance, the Crassula (Jade) Bonsai displays a thick trunk and green, rubbery leaves. Because Jade trees are considered to be succulents, the leaves and trunk hold water well, which can create a bend in the trunk itself, giving the tree a leaning look. You can easily purchase Jade Bonsai trees or seeds from online retailers such as plants.com.
Fukien Tea BonsaiAnother indoor variety called the Carmona Bonsai (“Fukien Tea”) is popular for its year-round blossoms of white flowers and red berries. This variety can be found in stores such as Lowe’s at full size, or you can plant seedlings and regularly trim the branches to promote full, thick growth.
Chinese Elm BonsaiFinally, the Chinese Elm Bonsai is a great first Bonsai Tree because they are rather forgiving to over-watering or under-watering. This tree has bright green, oval-shaped leaves and has a relatively standard growing pattern, making it easy to prune. In addition to these common varieties, there are numerous more options to consider for your indoor Bonsai Tree. Once you have chosen which Bonsai Tree fits you best, it’s time to get all the tools ready to start growing!