Moving Your Bonsai Tree Indoors

The bonsai tree is a great plant for inside the home or out on the patio. Here's how to safely move this exotic-looking plant indoors

If you’re planning on moving your bonsai tree indoors during the cold season, there are certain things you need to do

With cold weather arriving, it’s time to move that potted bonsai tree inside. Here’s how to make the transition

Want an easy care indoor/outdoor plant that makes a statement? Try bonsai. While the art of bonsai is an ancient craft and very skilled practice, if you purchase a bonsai tree that is already trained, you’ll simply need to maintain it.

If you already own bonsai and have enjoyed the pots on your patio through fall, now is the time to consider bringing them indoors.

Transition your bonsai carefully so the plants are not shocked by coming indoors immediately. Place them on a covered deck or in a cool mudroom before situating them on a windowsill or table.

Fertilize and Water Your Bonsai

Once acclimatized, watering your bonsai appropriately is key. Because bonsai are usually housed in small containers, pay attention to moisture levels. Don’t let the soil dry out completely. Instead, water well, while the soil is slightly damp. Once a week is often ideal. You’ll also need to fertilize regularly as nutrients will readily leach out of the soil as you water.

Regardless of whether your bonsai is intended for indoor or outdoor placement, you’ll need to position your bonsai in the appropriate light and protect your bonsai from harsh weather (hot and cold) and excess natural moisture. If your bonsai tree doesn’t come with specific care instructions, be sure to ask prior to taking it home.