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20 Aug
2009
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Best Indoor Bonsai Trees, Top 10 Best Indoor Bonsai Trees, and Indoor Bonsai Plants

Here is a list of the Top 10 Best Indoor Bonsai Trees and Plants in our opinion.

Just Because these bonsai trees do well inside, that does not mean that they don’t need any natural light. Most indoor plants will need a well lit room if they do not receive any direct sunlight, or at least a couple hours of direct sunlight. Either the morning or evening sun is best for a couple hours of direct sunlight. The afternoon rays from the sun are too strong for these indoor bonsai trees.

In order to have a successful indoor bonsai, you need to use a tree or plant that does not need very much sunlight. Tropical plants seem to be the best for indoor Bonsai.

Ficus Benjamina (Ficus Tree)

Ficus Benjamina (Ficus Tree)

1. Ficus Tree – Ficus Benjamina (Most Bonsai Ficus’ will do just fine indoors)
2. Jade Plant – Portulacaria Afra
3. Dwarf Umbrella Tree – Arboricola Schefflera
4. Japanese Boxwood – Buxus microphylla ‘Compacta’
5. Flowering White Jasmine – Trachelospermum Jasminoides
6. Heavenly Bamboo – Nandina
7. Chinese Elm Tree – Ulmus Parvifolia
8. Parlor Palm – Neanthe Bella Palm
9. Flowering Brush Cherry – Eugenia Myrtifolia
10. Fukien Tea Tree – Ehretia Microphylla

This list of the top 10 best indoor bonsai tree is not in any particular order. Some trees will do better in certain homes depending on the amount of natural light they receive and the temperature of the home. Most of these plants prefer a fairly warm humid climate, so if you can replicate that, your indoor bonsai tree should do just fine.

20 Aug
2009
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Bonsai History, Where did Bonsai Come From? Oldest Bonsai Tree

Bonsai History:

Some Container-grown pants and trees can be traced back as far as the Egyptian times. Rock carving and drawings from as far back as 4000 BC show plants/trees growing in containers.

The word Penzai is Chinese for “Plant in a Pot” which was being used as far back as the Jin Dynasty which was between 265 AD – 420 AD.  Later during the Song dynasty in China, container-grown trees were popularized in Japan and spread to many other cultures. This is where the term more known to westerners was developed – Bonsai.

From Wikipedia –

At first, the Japanese used miniaturized trees grown in containers to decorate their homes and gardens. During the Tokugawa period, landscape gardening attained new importance. Cultivation of plants such as azalea and maples became a pastime of the wealthy. Growing dwarf plants in containers was also popular. Around 1800, the Japanese changed the term they used for this art to their pronunciation of the Chinese penzai with its connotation of a shallower container in which the Japanese could now style small trees.

Oldest Known Bonsai Tree

Oldest Known Bonsai Tree

One of the oldest-known living bonsai trees, considered one of the National Treasures of Japan, is in the Tokyo Imperial Palace collection. A five-needle pine (Pinus pentaphylla var. negishi) known as Sandai-Shogun-No Matsu is documented as having been cared for by Tokugawa Iemitsu. The tree is considered to be at least 500 years old and was first trained as a bonsai by 1610. Older plants have been made more recently into bonsai as well. (Wikipedia)

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19 Aug
2009
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What does Bonsai Mean? What are Bonsai Trees?

What does “Bonsai” Mean?
and What are Bonsai Trees?

Bonsai means nothing more than miniature trees, which is derived from Japanese – 盆 BON, meaning “Basin” or Tray-like Pot and 栽 SAI, meaning “planting.”

Practically any plant of tree can be made bonsai, but the woody or semi-woody barked trees or plants tend to work best. Cultivation includes techniques for shaping, watering, and re-potting in various styles of containers.

Here is an example of a one of my young Chinese Elm Bonsai.
Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree