Bonsai (“bone-sigh”, from Japanese meaning ‘tray planting’) is an ancient horticultural method of growing dwarf trees first practiced in China well over 800 years ago.
Light Requirements: Most bonsai will not serve well as houseplants. They require bright light and can be kept indoors only for short periods—2 or 3 days at a time. Specific light needs depend on the variety.
Pruning: Bonsai continues to grow and develop throughout its life. Periodically, prune and pinch off new growth. Often less foliage is best. Also, after a bonsai has been in a pot for several years, the roots will need to be trimmed back.
Drainage: Bonsai pots should have large drainage holes, consequently the plant should be watered thoroughly and frequently, especially in hot weather. Never leave bonsai sitting in a pan or saucer or bonsai pot with water in it or the roots of the plant will begin to die.