The art of keeping indoor bonsai is one of patience. You may have seen videos or movies of people keeping these small, container trees in their homes and shaping them.

Bonsai is the Japanese art form of containing the growth of normally large trees to create them into miniatures, while shaping them into umbrellas. There are numerous species of indoor bonsai that are well-suited to the indoor environment although temperate climates allow them to grow outdoors in containers.

eye catchy mini sago palm indoor bonsai tree

Common species and design use

There are a variety of beautiful indoor bonsai species for your home decor. The best indoor bonsai tree is really up to you to decide. The reason is they all have a unique habit and culture along with texture, scent, and color which strike people differently. You will need to browse the different indoor bonsai species list and pictures to see which one best suits your interior design (and therapeutic) needs.

  • Japanese maple bonsai – The Japanese maple is very popular in horticulture usage. Homeowners often incorporate these strikingly red-leafed trees in their yards. You can also keep them as a small container tree and prune and shape them for indoor bonsai use.
  • Juniper bonsai – An evergreen leaf, the juniper has a distinct scent and coarsely textured needle. It is easy to prune, takes well to shaping, and is a favorite among bonsai tree owners.
  • Chinese elm – A wonderful green foliage indoor bonsai species tree. This has a balanced root system with a large, tapered trunk system. It is another popular indoor bonsai choice.
  • Japanese black pine bonsai – These prefer well-drained soil and have a dark bark color to them. You will enjoy these as an easy to cultivate bonsai specimen. The Japanese black pine carries the symbol of friendship.

Maintenance and caring tips

Take proper care of your indoor bonsai trees. In order to do this you must:

spectacular chinese indoor bonsai

  • Maintain proper lighting – Research the bonsai you desire and be sure to give it ample light as most ambient lighting in a home is inadequate. You may need to supplement the lux rating in your bonsai room.
  • Temperature – Being a semi-tropical to tropical tree, a warm climate is needed. If your bonsai room or area approaches the freezing point you may lose your tree.
  • Humidity – Using a terrarium or dampened sand medium in your tree are ways to increase humidity for your bonsai. Otherwise you can set the bonsai tray over another tray of water for proper humidity.