Indoor bonsai

Indoor says trees are trees coming primarily from tropical climates that do not support low temperatures. We must place them indoors, always close to a source of natural light.

Ilex sp.

Family

Aquifoliaceae

Origin

China and Japan.

Etymology

The name comes from the one used by the Romans for the “Quercus Ilex” because they are very similar types of leaves of some species.

Ilex sp.

Characteristics

Evergreen tree. Very useful for the formation of hedges because after a drastic pruning it is very vigorous.


Place

Exterior the whole year at the sun.


Irrigation

Abundant in summer and moderated in winter.


Fertilization

In spring and autumn.

Transplant

Every 2 years, at the beginning of spring.

Substratum

100% Akadama, or a mixture of Akadama with a 20% of volcanic earth.


Pruning and nipping

Pruning

The whole year round.

Nipping

Prune down to 2 leaves when the branch has developed about 6 to 8 leaves.

Fencing

In spring.


Curiosities

From his bark we obtain a tie used to hunt birds. With his branches water diviners make their sticks. There exists also a variety called Ilex microphylla whose leaves are really small (8-15 mm), which makes them ideal for mini bonsais.


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Ilex sp.