Calliandra, or powder puff, is an indoor bonsai that blooms reliably!
If I enticed you to try your hand with indoor bonsai in my previous post, you may ask “how can I successfully grow indoor bonsai?”
There are many myths about bonsai, especially growing indoors. Take this short yes or no quiz to test yourself:
The plant in the center of this photo is a dwarf Schefflera arboricola I’ve been growing for over 20 years.
As you probably guessed, the answers are all no. Growing bonsai is an unusual hobby, and to succeed requires a little lesson or two. First of all, I’ll dispel some common misconceptions, and elaborate on 1-5:
Chaenomeles, or flowering quince, is an old fashioned shrub. It is an outdoor bonsai that could come inside to be displayed for a few days at a time. Then back out she goes!
A little love can insure beautiful results with you indoor bonsai. Seek out your local bonsai club (I’ll bet there is one!) for great info and learning opportunities for growing bonsai, inside and out! The local RVA Richmond, VA club is http://www.richmondbonsaisociety.org/
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