Have you ever wondered about growing a bonsai tree indoors? Asked how to care for a bonsai tree? Or the best bonsai tree for beginners? A trip to the Pacific Bonsai Museum just outside Seattle Washington is inspiring. Set within a forest of fully grown conifer trees and sounds of nature, you peacefully walk through the outdoor exhibit and will want to recreate the same tranquility in your home.
Health Benefits of Bonsai Trees
Physical health benefits include cleaner air, by purifying some indoor pollutants. Read last weeks post for other easy care, healthy indoor plants. Increasing humidity levels has also been linked to reducing sore throats, coughs and dry skin and interacting with plants is known to lower blood pressure by reducing stress.
Bonsai's are meant to last generations providing personal growth opportunities such as patience "The caretaker looks to the future while tending to the now", honoring all life cycles of growth. Creativity abounds in guiding the growth pattern of your bonsai and you build self awareness, self confidence and compassion as you practice the art of bonsai, carrying lessons learned into all areas of your life.
How To Choose Your Bonsai Tree
Pre-Bonsai Trees already have features and characteristics that are desirable without waiting years and you will still be able to influence its growth. Choosing Nursery Stock such as Juniper with small leaves, plenty of branches and healthy roots is an option, but the process will take 3-10 years. Yamadori are wild collected trees, stunted and scarred from surviving in the mountains. Their unique characteristics make them highly desirable, but also take extreme skill and dedication. They can only be collected with consent.
Caring for Indoor Bonsai Trees
Many species are used for bonsai, but for indoors the best are Golden Hawaiian Umbrella, Baby Jade, Flowering Brazilian Rain, Flowering Dwarf Sweet Acacia, Natal or Lipstick Fig and Chinese Elm. Position them near a window for bright natural light. Mist them in the mornings to raise humidity. Keep them away from heat vents and extreme changes in temperature. A cooler location in the fall will encourage dormancy and an LED growth light will encourage growth in the spring.
With so many people looking for a connection to nature; and a reason to slow down, we believe there is no better time to add a bonsai tree to your healthy home so we added bonsai trees for indoors and outdoors to our Wellness Collection of Live Plants.
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