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A bonsai should be placed where it is viewed. Where a bonsai is placed is
also where it grows. A bonsai must be placed in favorable environment. The
location should receive sufficient sunshine, be well ventilated, and have
properly maintained temperature. Indeed, such environment is healthy for
humans as well as the plant.
“How Much Light Does A Bonsai Require?
Providing the correct amount of light for your bonsai is
crucial to keeping it healthy. However, there are no simple
answers as to how much light bonsai trees in general
‘require’. Light requirements are specific to the type of tree
and are further dependent upon specific variations in the
location they are kept - namely your home. It is a good idea
to speak to your local bonsai supplier or a fellow bonsai
enthusiast that has experience growing bonsai in a setting
very similar to your own.
What Kind Of Light Is Best?
Sunlight is by far the best type of light for bonsai trees and
most other living creatures on earth. As such, the brightest
window in your home is arguably the best spot for your
indoor bonsai trees. However, the brightest window in your
home may be located next to the fireplace. So, in a case like
this you need to find an alternative and more practical
location and use some type of artificial lighting system.
What Kind Of Artificial Light Should You Provide?
A grow light and timer are a simple solution for providing
additional light. Set your timer for 12 to 16 hours of
supplemental lighting and position your bonsai within 1 to 4
inches of your light source.
Again, speaking to a local bonsai supplier or enthusiast is
invaluable. If possible, visit their homes to actually look at
their set up and ask questions.”
“Why Is Air Circulation Important?
A location with adequate air circulation is very important for the long-term
health of your new bonsai. The life sustaining process of photosynthesis
requires an unrestricted exchange of fresh air and stagnate environmental
conditions could compromise your bonsai's ability to continue its
photosynthetic processes, by clogging the pores or stomata, located on the
bottom of leaves, which bonsai trees use for this vital air exchange, through
dust and debris accumulation.
What Else Is Air Circulation Responsible For?
A closed or confined space is the perfect environment for pests and disease,
two of the most terrible enemies of bonsai trees. The regular movement of
fresh air helps prevent pests, like spider mites, from establishing their webs
and infesting and damaging your bonsai trees. Air circulation also assists your
trees in the transportation of essential fluids from the roots to the leaves, by
osmosis, which is a vital process. Air also prevents possible root rot
conditions, from soil saturation, by assisting in water evaporation.
How Can Air Circulation Be Improved?  
If your bonsai is kept indoors or inside a greenhouse, you might consider
leaving a door open, or cracked, and a fan, or fans, running. Spraying and
misting your bonsai off regularly will help to remove all dust and debris from
the bottoms and tops of leaves, allowing your bonsai to ‘breathe’ freely and
to continue its photosynthetic processes.
If you are having trouble breathing in a confined area, so is your bonsai.”
“Why Is Temperature Important For Bonsai?  
During winter months it is vital that you keep your new
indoor bonsai warm -- Not Hot -- but warm, somewhere
between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Where your bonsai
falls on this guideline depends on where your bonsai is
from ‘originally’ and by this I mean where in the world your
bonsai is indigenous... the warmer the native climate, the
warmer the area in your home it should be located.
How Can Temperature Be Monitored?
The thermostat on the wall is a good place to start.
However, a small thermometer can better monitor the
actual temperature of the microenvironment that your
bonsai tree is located in. Most garden centers will have
small thermometers available for a reasonable price and
purchasing a couple is a worthwhile investment, especially if
your indoor bonsai are located in a couple different areas
of your home.
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What Is Helpful To Avoid Temperature Fluctuation?
Doors, windows, fans, heating systems and breezy hallways will all affect the
actual temperature of a particular area. It is important for the health of your
bonsai to be maintained at stable temperature. A sudden drop in
temperature, as well as, a sudden spike in temperature can injure your indoor
bonsai trees. Indoor bonsai should not be kept near a door that is frequently
opened during winter months to avoid harmful cold drafts. It is important
that you read the care guide that comes with your bonsai to help establish
the best environment to maintain a healthy and thriving bonsai.”
                                                                                    By Tom Regan
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