9 Creative indoor bonsai styles for decorating home

Here we have an ancient Japanese small garden idea to decorative your home. Lets attract the attention of your friends by making an indoor bonsai.

Bonsai in Japanese means, “planted in a container” . It is an ancient art of making miniature trees for decoration. This is an amazing idea to decorate your home and, at the same time, pursue your small gardening hobby.

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Bonsai is an art of growing plants which require a lot of patience and time. It took 30 years to grow the 6.5 foot branch of this Juniper bonsai, at Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo. Photo by: Michael Bonsai

There is a misconception that bonsai plants are genetically dwarf plants. Bonsai is a technique which involve regular pruning, wiring and maintenance of normal trees, which are forced to grow in limited space. These indoor bonsais can be used as an awesome decor for your living room.

Bonsai Styles:

By proper pruning and wiring, this decor or small garden can be arranged in different styles. These houseplants need special care and maintenance. Let us discuss about various bonsai styles to decorate your home. These bonsai styles are generally miniature styling of common natural situation.

1. Slanting:

Slanting Bonsai style is also know as “Shaken“. Here, as the wind is blowing in one dominant direction or when a tree grows in the shadow and must bend toward the sun, the tree will lean in one direction. This effect is replicated in this bonsai style.

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Tree used here is white pine. Here, moss and clay  are used to hold the tree instead of using a container. The entire structure is fixed on a platform, so that it can be kept anywhere for decoration.

2. Wind Swept:

The Wind Swept bonsai style is a miniature form of a tree which is exposed to strong wind on top of a mountain or seashore. This elegant bonsai represents a tree with trunks and branches and is forced to grow in once direction due to wind.

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This style is also called “Fukinagashi“. The windswept style represent trees struggle to survive severe and extreme conditions of nature.

3. Formal Upright:

Formal upright is the common style of bonsai. This style is also called “Chokkan”. As the name suggests, the bonsai plants will be pruned and wired to grow straight up.

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This formal upright type of bonsai is from a well known bonsai Artist Michael Hagedorn. Tree shown here is Cryptomeria, one of the unique and uncommon tree to choose for bonsai. Its about 1m tall and took around 20 years plus to maintain it like this. Hats off to this bonsai artist.

4. Informal Upright:

This bonsai style is also called “moyogi“, which resembles nature. Here the trunk of plant is forced to grow in a zig zag way by proper wiring to give a very natural feel of a tree with large shade area.

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This bonsai is a 2011 Kokufu prize winning bonsai from Nippon Bonsai Association (NBA). They used Japanese white pine (Pinus parviflora ) for making this informal upright bonsai.

5. Cascade Bonsai Style:

This style is also called “kengai“. It requires extensive wiring and pruning to grow trees in cascaded form. Need special pots to support this heavy tree structure, so that its weight can be counter balanced.

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Here Pinus sylvestnis  tree is used to arrange for cascade style and a special pot called tokoname pot is used to support the heavy structure. In this form, tree is forced to grow its trunk and branches below it roots.

6. Semi-Cascade Bonsai Style:

Semi cascade Bonsai style is also called  “Han-kengai“. This is slight variant of the cascaded style, where in the trunk and branches will be smaller. They will grow below the roots just like the cascade style.

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Tree here is Pinus Mugo, 22 cm high, around 100 years old, collected in Switzerland, arranged by Walter Pall, and pot by Peter Krebs. The semi-cascade style, just like the cascade style, is found in nature on cliffs and on the banks of rivers and lakes.

7. Forest Bonsai Style:

As the name says, this bonsai will look like trees in a forest. It is with multiples trees and  multiple trunks. Forest Bonsai style also know as” Yose-ue“, which is a big landscape in small pot.

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The forest style looks a lot like the multi-trunk style, but the difference is that it is comprised of several trees rather than one tree with several trunks.

8. Multiple Trunk Style:

This style is similar to forest style, but it uses the same tree instead of multiple trees. The Multiple trunk style will have more spread than forest bonsai style, and also possess height. This style is known as “Kabudachi “.

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This awesome bonsai is of maple tree, which is so colorful and it can easily entice your visitors. The bonsai of this type is known as Japanese maple bonsai. It generally have 3 or more trunks.

9 .Literati Style:

This bonsai style is also known as Bunging, which replicate trees growing in sandy and barren areas, especially wasteland. The trunk is thin from bottom to top, the branches are thin and sparse, and the overall form is thin and wiry.

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The image shown here is a juniper bonsai in literati style.

Check this out, if you would like know more about various bonsai types and styles, These  are styles which replicate the nature and adds decoration to your home. It need lots of time (mostly years) and patience to learn and make a bonsai. First step to that is to learn more about bonsai. Always choose a tree which can grow in your climate condition. Here is a good collection of trees which can be used for making different styles of bonsai.

Let us know which indoor bonsai style you like this most.

1 thought on “9 Creative indoor bonsai styles for decorating home”

  1. Great ideas! I really like new ideas for home decoration. That is good idea for interior decoration for home, it can be decorated with flowers and various plants as natural elements. Thanks for sharing the nice blog.


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