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Amazing Bonsai from the Baobab Tree!

In nature, the Baobab is at risk of going extinct due to predation from animals like elephants. Baobab trees grow in Africa and are one of the world's most unusual looking trees.

Baobab Trees

There are many legends revolving around the Baobab tree, among one of the most common being that the tree was cast down from heaven and grew upside down, as the canopy branches of the tree often look like roots. As the tree loses its leaves in the winter season, this characteristic is predominate during this time. >> Read More...

For dull rooms facing north or east, several Bonsai species will be perfectly happy if kept in a position close to the window to expose them to sufficient light.

Silverberry Bonsai

Installing purpose-built artificial lighting for your indoor Bonsai collection is another solution to overcome this problem and is not as costly or impractical as it might seem at first thought.

Ordinary blue-white fluorescent lighting is cheap to run and will provide the complete spectrum of light needed by most Bonsai species, although there are many horticultural lighting systems available. The only drawback is that the light is of low intensity. >> Read More...

Many modern homes allow for plenty of light from outside. Rooms facing the afternoon sun will admit a lot of heat through the windows and many Bonsai species will suffer in these conditions. They should be kept away from direct sun but still be exposed to enough light.

Japanese Zelkova Bonsai

Do not keep Bonsai trees on the windowsill because a dramatic temperature change occurs during day and night time close to the glass, especially during winter. These constant extreme temperature fluctuations can be fatal to tropical and subtropical Bonsai species. >> Read More...

The major difference between an indoor and a traditional outdoor Bonsai is that the outdoor type is hardy and can withstand winter climates, while indoor Bonsai trees are tropical - subtropical and need warmth during winter, although some indoor species can be kept outside in summer if the weather permits.

Blue Atlas Cedar Bonsai

Pruning and training techniques for both indoor and outdoor Bonsai are the same. The growth of traditional outdoor Bonsai is however influenced by the different seasons. >> Read More...

Bonsai Trees have the same pests and diseases to deal with as any other plant. We would like to give some advice in this regard in a series of posts. The first to be aware of is aphids.

Aphids

These pests, also known as greenfly, are widespread and will attack nearly all plants. They cluster around soft stems, shoots and the undersides of leaves – sucking sap. >> Read More...