Indoor bonsai

The so-called indoor trees are mostly trees from tropical origins, that do not support low temperatures. We must place them indoors, always close to a source of natural light.

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Family

Verbenaceae

Origin

Subtropical plant, from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan.

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Characteristics

Trunk of light cream colour, usually twisted. Simple, elongated, slightly oval and intense green leaves. With small white flowers in a bunch. Its roots are very interesting and strong, workable in an “exposed roots” style.


Location

It should be placed outside, protected from the extreme heat of summer. Ideally, locate it in a place where it receives the morning sunlight but is protected from the heat of noon. During winter, we must protect it from frost.


Watering

It is necessary to let the surface layer of the substrate dry slightly between two watering. They prefer calcareous, light and airy soils. They do not tolerate excess water well. In winter water thinly.


Fertilization

From spring to mid-autumn with organic fertilizer or liquid NUTRIBONSAI from Mistral Bonsai.
Fertilization must be interrupted during extremely hot summer periods.

Re-potting

Every 2 to 3 years, in early spring.
After transplanting it is convenient to water with a solution of VITABONSAI from Mistral Bonsai, to accelerate the recovery of the tree.

Substrate

A mixture of 6 parts of Akadama, with 4 parts of volcanic ground or river sand can be used; otherwise, if not available, Mistral Bonsai TERRABONSAI can also be used.


Pruning and pinching

Pruning

The most suitable time to pinch is spring, by reducing excessively long shoots to a couple of leaves. Tolerates frequent pinching and defoliation very well, as well as strong pruning.

Pinching

The most suitable time to pinch is spring, by reducing excessively long shoots to a couple of leaves. Tolerates frequent pinching and defoliation very well, as well as strong pruning.

Wiring

The most suitable time to pinch is spring, by reducing excessively long shoots to a couple of leaves. Tolerates frequent pinching and defoliation very well, as well as strong pruning.


Curiosities

It is one of the species most worked as a bonsai in tropical and subtropical areas, for allowing a large crown compaction, with small leaves, and also because it allows spectacular dead wood work.


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