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Should I bring my bonsai indoors for winter?
Many Bonsai beginners don't realize it, but cold-weather Bonsai actually need a period of dormancy in the fall and winter. It's just like how humans and animals need regular sleep. Bringing a Bonsai like this indoors actually prevents the dormancy, and can cause health issues.
Should I Feed My bonsai in winter?
Please do not feed outdoor bonsai during winter months; they are not growing so will not require any fertiliser until the spring. It is perfectly normal for indoor bonsai to shed some leaves at this time of year.
When should I water my indoor bonsai tree?
Try watering your bonsai in the late afternoon or evening to ensure that your soil remains moist all night and into the morning. If it is very hot during the day and your tree is in the full sun, it may need an additional drink.
Can you over water bonsai?
Bonsai trees are often grown in shallow bonsai pots with a smaller amount of soil. Due to this, bonsai trees will dry out more quickly than trees planted in the ground. It is also possible to over-water a bonsai tree. If the roots are constantly soaked, they can rot, damaging and eventually killing the tree.
Why are my leaves falling off my bonsai tree?
Overwatering is a common reason when the indoor Bonsai is planted in poor soil that retains too much water. A few months of overwatering will lead to root-rot, only visible in the tree losing strength and dropping its leaves.
Why is my bonsai tree leaves turning brown?
Lack of nutrients: It's important to make sure your bonsai gets enough nutrients. Bonsai leaves turn brown if they lack nutrients like iron, magnesium, or nitrogen. Try using a liquid fertilizer during the growing season to make sure your bonsai gets the nutrients it needs.
What do I do with my bonsai on holiday?
If you are just going away for a short break (up to 5 days) please stand your bonsai in a tub or the kitchen sink in water, so that the water level is at least half way up the pot. Please ensure that it is in a cool position. The bonsai will be over-watered for a few days but this is preferable to drying out.
Do bonsai trees need a heat lamp?
Just like people and animals, overheating a Bonsai can quickly sicken or kill it. If an incandescent is used, the bulb should be well away from the tree and, preferably, in an area with good airflow and/or air-conditioning to ensure minimal heat buildup.