Where do I put this? - 9 Things to consider when deciding on a locations to showcase your Bonsai.

You find yourself in a very unique situation. Whether as a gift or personal acquisition you are now in possession of a bonsai.  Faced with a question not many people have the pleasure to ask themselves, "Where do I put this thing?" Bonsai are a great addition to any living or meditative space.  They have a way of elevating the look and feel of whatever environment they inhabit.

Gift of Bonsai

Aside from the aesthetic benefits associated with bonsai they can also provide a relaxing hobby as well.  These days being able to find an escape from our stressors is essential to our mental health and well-being.  1. The inclusion of a bonsai into your space can help make sharp lines softer, ensuring a proper transition and flow of energy, removing blockages and tension from the area.  This is the prevailing theory behind feng shui.  Feng shui it is an ancient Chinese practice focusing on harmonizing individuals with their surrounding environment. It literally means "Water-Wind".  Feng shui highly recommends placing bonsai trees in east, south and south-east corners of the space you are inhabiting.  Plants are considered amazing for increasing the flow of Qi (the vital energy which penetrates our entire existence). Bonsai are superior when compared to other possible alternatives.

Indoor Ficus bonsai in the front of a window

2. Trying to figure out where the best spot is to place your bonsai can be challenging because there are a number of factors to take into consideration; i.e. local climate, time of year, etc.  3. The most important factor is the species of your bonsai.  Is it an indoor or outdoor species? Indoor bonsai are usually (sub)tropical species which means they need relatively high humidity.  Placing your bonsai on a humidity tray will help.  Without a humidity tray you will constantly be watering and draining off excess water before returning it to its designated space.  The process of draining off excess water is important because if you don't there is a good chance that your bonsai soil could develop a mold or fungus that can infect and kill your bonsai's root system.  Humidity trays do double duty as drip trays, catching overflow from watering. Some of the most common indoor bonsai species include jade, ficus, scheffelra otherwise known as Hawaiian Umbrella and Fukien Tea.  4. In the majority of homes the only place where a bonsai will thrive is right at the south facing window, as a lot of light is needed for the health of the plant. If placed just a few feet away from the window the diminished light levels will slow down the growth and possibly kill your bonsai.  5. Bonsai in bright and sunny rooms could do well simply sitting on a table in the middle of the room.  6. On the other hand, if the (natural) light levels in the room is somewhere in the middle to low range, try moving your bonsai near a window.  7. Be mindful of airflow (drafts)throughout your home, office, etc.  If the leaves are shaking in the A/C or heater is running, move your bonsai. Windows can also be a less obvious source of drafts as well.  The constant flow of air can dry our your bonsai's soil and end up slowly killing your plant.

Outdoor Bonsai in Partial Shade

Unlike indoor species, outdoor bonsai species do better outdoors, obviously.  8. Depending on where you live, many trees need to be placed outside year-round. The annual cycle is crucial to the bonsai's overall health. Overprotecting these type of bonsai in the winter season for example will weaken them.  9. As a general rule; place outdoor bonsai in an area that gets plenty of sun. If your summers are especially hot, move your bonsai into a shady area during the afternoon, it will be beneficial for your tree.  This will help avoid the leaves from scorching and soil from drying out.  A good example of an outdoor bonsai could include any number of evergreen or deciduous plants; i.e. Japanese Maple, Pine, or Cypress.

As you can see there are several things to take into consideration when finding the perfect place to showcase your bonsai.  Whether yours in an indoor or an outdoor bonsai there is an ideal place for it if you take these suggestions into consideration.  Lastly but certainly not least keep this in mind,"A bonsai that isn't well-displayed can never be fully appreciated."

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