should be placed in a bright area,
semi-shade outdoors or by a window
under a grow light indoors. Avoid
prolonged exposure to direct sun for
some species and protect outdoor Bonsai
from excessive wind. Artificial lighting (grow light) is
satisfactory for most indoor Bonsai.
Indoor Bonsai are generally semi
tropical varieties, or those plants
which do not require a (dormant) winter cold period.
Watering is extremely important in Bonsai
maintenance. Check daily , particularly
in hot weather or warm
In hot locations daily watering may be
necessary, in cooler areas the soil will
retain moisture longer. Different
plant species differ in their
requirements, so one must get to know
their particular Bonsai plant's needs. A good method for watering is to
the plant pot and all in a bucket, bowl
or sink for 15 to 30
minutes. The soil
should be moist, but not kept soggy or
root rot could set in. In very hot
weather Bonsai may need frequent soaking
along with surface watering between
soakings. Misting is very beneficial for
leave Bonsai unprotected in a heavy
frost. Provide protection by either
heeling in the ground, storing in a cold
frame or placing in a greenhouse. In the
Pacific Northwest, late October is a
good time to consider winter protection.
Indoor varieties that have summered
outside must be taken in before any
chance of frost.
For more detailed information on
Bonsai and care for individual Plant
varieties please consult a Bonsai Book,
for Bonsai information on the internet
try the Link page on our web site.