Are you a bonsai-lover? Then you are probably looking forward to growing one right inside your home so that you’ll have that unique conversation piece that could impress any guest.

But growing bonsai trees indoors is not as easy as one might think. Most bonsai trees require sufficient lighting to thrive. That said, there are some bonsai trees that can still grow beautifully even with just indoor lighting with proper care and shaping, of course.

The key to succeeding in growing indoor bonsai trees is the selection of the tree itself. And one of the factors that you need to consider is the conditions in your home and the growing space you have indoors.

In this post, Bonsai Shop shares some things that you need to keep in mind if you’re planning to grow a bonsai tree indoors:


Things to Keep in Mind When Growing Bonsai Trees with Indoor Light



When we say indoor light, that term refers to both natural lighting access and artificial lighting that you can provide in an enclosed space. The general rule is that the better lighting you can provide your bonsai, the better chances it has to grow and look amazing.

Thankfully, you live in a country where bonsai trees won’t have to endure cold winters with no sun in some months. That said, you should still consider getting additional lighting for your bonsai, which could be LED, HID, or fluorescent lights.



Another essential factor that needs consideration is the bonsai’s humidity requirement. Tropical bonsai plants typically need a high level of humidity as well as a lot of heat.


Fukien Tea Bonsai

Coming from south China, this evergreen shrub belongs to the tropical plant family. If you like mini bonsais, then this one is perfect for you. It can thrive when located near a bright window, but remember to take it out of direct sunlight during noon. Fukien Tea bonsais grow best in an environment with temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.


Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai 

This is a tropical tree that is native to Australia and is also called the Dwarf Umbrella. This evergreen is not demanding at all, so you will not have to invest in artificial lighting fixtures for it. It can even thrive in dim lighting. It also doesn’t need high levels of humidity.


Jade Bonsai

This originated from Africa. The Jade bonsai also shares some similarities with Dwarf Jade bonsai, but it is the latter that many enthusiasts prefer. The bark of Jade trees turns brown or sometimes red when they age. 

Jade trees need lots of sunlight, and if you plan to grow them indoors, you are going to need an artificial lighting setup. Temperatures should be maintained above 41 degrees Fahrenheit, too.


Chinese Bird Plum

Also called the Sweet Plum bonsai, this is a tree that is far less demanding than others. When taken care of properly, they can produce sweet-scented blooms during summer. However, it needs sufficient artificial indoor lighting as simply placing it near a window won’t be enough.

The temperature should be kept above 55 degrees Fahrenheit for this plant to flourish.



As you can see, you have quite a lot of choices if you want to grow bonsai trees indoors. Thanks to modern technologies that made it possible to create a healthy space for bonsais indoors, you can now grow them inside your home.

Whether you are a seasoned bonsai enthusiast or you’re just starting out, Bonsai Shop is the best place for you to find what you need to grow a bonsai tree in Australia. We have starter kits that are perfect for beginners, as well as tools, pots, and other accessories you might need. Check out our products today!