The first thing to know about bonsai is that it's not a type of plant, but instead, a way of treating a plant. That's an important fact because when it comes for caring for your bonsai, you still have to give your plant the kind of light, water, temperature, etc. your plant needs.
That said, most trees and shrubs grown as bonsai prefer a very bright spot indoors. Tropical species can make for good indoor plants; varieties that come from cold-winter areas typically need a period of cool temperatures so they can go dormant and rest.
Water most varieties of bonsai once the potting mix starts to dry. It's important not to overwater bonsai; too much water can make the roots drown and die. Fertilize once or twice during the spring and summer months with a general-purpose fertilize made for use on indoor plants.
Bonsai does require yearly pruning to keep it in shape and from outgrowing its container. When shaping your bonsai, don't forget to remove the plant from its pot and prune the roots as well as the shoots, to keep it from becoming rootbound.
See our bonsai varieties.
Varies by the type of bonsai you're growing
On average, you can water bonsai once a week; do not let the soil stay wet and soggy.
Varies by the type of bonsai
Bonsai is not intended for human or animal consumption
Fertilize most bonsai once or twice in spring and summer.
Place bonsai indoors near windows facing southeast or west
Taking care of bonsai is a wonderful outlet for getting rid of your daily stress.