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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 thecarehe will need. If you don't like the idea of ​​being bound to so many treatments, 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.
  • Podocarpus
    Podocarpus macrophyllus
  • Serissa
    Serissa foetida
  • Cufea
    Cuphea hyssopifolia
  • Murraia
    Murraya paniculata
  • Pepper plant
    Zanthoxylum piperitum

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, born 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 outside in the summer.

In the spring-summer period, it is a good idea 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.

  • Maple tree
    All plants of the genus Acer.
  • Azalea
    Rhododendron
  • Pine tree
    Pinus
  • Apple tree
    Malus
  • Beech tree
    Fagus
  • Juniper
    Juniperus
  • Ginko
    Ginkgo - Ginko
  • Holly
    Ilex
  • Quince
    Cotoneaster
  • Piracanta
    Pyracantha
  • Hornbeam
    Carpinus
  • Cypress
    Cupressus
  • Oak tree
    Quercus
  • Cork
    Quercus suber
  • Zelkova orChinese elm/ Japanese elm
    Zelkova nire
  • Chinese elm
    Ulmus parvifolia
  • Myrtle
    Myrthus
  • Lentisk
    Pistacia
  • Wisteria
    Wisteria
  • Olive tree
    Olea
  • Boxwood
    Buxus
  • Eugenia
    Eugenia
  • Camellia
    Camellia
  • Pomegranate
    Punic
  • Metasequoia
    Metasequoia
  • Citrus fruits
    Citrus
  • Osmantus
    Osmanthus
  • Cherry and apricot
    Prunus

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 cannot 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 well as 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.


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