Before purchasing your bonsai, research which species survive indoor or outdoor conditions. Not all species will do well inside; tropical and subtropical species do the best. Most bonsai can live outdoors, but it depends on the local climate. If you’re based in a wintery location, you should not keep tropical species outside. It’s best if you opt for trees from places with colder climates.

If you have chosen correctly, it is time to take it home and figure out the best place to put it.

 

Indoors

Bonsais come in many varieties, and it can be hard to pick which one is right for you. If you’re looking for an indoor bonsai, we suggest the ficus bonsai, which is excellent for beginners. Chinese elms are another perfect choice if you want a more whimsical look. 

Check out our guide below to learn more about what factors to consider when buying an indoor bonsai:

Heat: Leave your bonsai away from heat sources, particularly radiators. Do not place it on a windowsill directly above a radiator, as the heat will dry out the bonsai over months and cause it to die more quickly than it would otherwise.

Humidity: So which room of the house will you place your bonsai tree? Most need high humidity, but it is not always easy to create indoors. The bathroom or the kitchen are good places to put a bonsai tree. If you need to place a bonsai in a drier space, a ficus species can tolerate slightly lower humidity. You may also consider a different cactus species.

Pests: The indoors aren’t safe from annoying critters either, so plant your bonsai in a clutter-free and clean environment. Sanitise and dust it frequently. Constant cleanliness will discourage any little pests from bothering your bonsai tree.

UV Exposure: Look for a window on the north or east side of the house. These windows will be ideal because they allow the most sunlight in during the day. The tree needs sunlight to carry out photosynthesis, and without it, the tree will wilt and die. Place the bonsai in front of these windows for at least five hours per day to maximise exposure to light.

 

Outdoors

Most bonsai can survive outdoors and are more capable than the majority of people imagine of surviving and adapting to the seasons. The Juniper species are an excellent outdoor bonsai for beginners.

For outdoor bonsai, the factors to consider are:

  • Geography:  A native species will make the tree more capable of withstanding the environment in which it’s planted, which is especially important in harsh climates. 

For example, if you live in a cold place like Canada or the U.K., a subtropical or tropical species probably isn’t a good choice because it won’t tolerate the frigid winters. 

Conversely, frigid-hardy species may survive in wintery environments, but they will thrive best if you plant them in native areas. 

  • Location: When planting, find a place to meet its growing needs. A bonsai tree typically needs good airflow, but not too much that it’ll dry out. Proper light is also essential. Sunlight will change over the year, so you’ll need to both move and rotate your bonsai tree.
  • Weather: Place Bonsai where it will get sunlight for at least five hours per day and be protected from strong winds. It is best to locate it next to a fence or underneath a table. Alternatively, you could also plant it on the ground.

 

Begin with Bonsai from Australia

Indoors or outdoors? Use this guide to know what kind of bonsai species to get and where to plant it, so it blossoms into an even more beautiful plant. Who knows, with enough care, patience, and determination, you’ll end up owning a veritable bonsai garden for everyone to admit! 

Start shopping for bonsai in Australia today from Bonsai Shop! We provide premium trees in all sizes to give you the best start for growing healthy and beautiful bonsai! Choose from a single tree or a tree starter kit to continue your bonsai adventure.