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Bette P
If you want a bonsai looking houseplant that is happy indoors or out in the summer, look for a Ming Aralia. They have a woody tree like stem and branching and pretty green cut leaf leaves similar to a green Japanese Maple. They are not fussy, they like to be moist and require indirect light. I happened to buy two of them for two dollars each at a grocery store, not knowing about them. How can you go wrong for $2? I pruned the tops and gifted two more plants. I've had them for years. Easy care!
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Janet Dunn

ocicat thank you for the details you supplied. The story touched on these points, about growing trees outside, special bonsai soil, bringing inside for special occasions only, etc. and recommended getting advice from specialist nurseries and groups. Unfortunately, the detail you go into wasn't possible in the length of this article, so thank you for supplying some. I do hope you haven't scared beginners off having a red-hot go at this intriguing craft - we all have to start somewhere!

   
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wantdrapes
My husband and I received a potted bougainvillea from his grandmother when we bought our first house 26 years ago, and I’ve kept it alive by bringing it indoors every winter (we live in the midwest). After 26 years, it has a nice, thick, interestingly-shaped trunk, and I wonder if it could be trained to be a bonsai? It never grows any bigger than medium shrub size because of our seasons and my yearly pruning before bringing it indoors in autumn. Any knowledgeable bonsai growers care to give me advice on whether this could be done?
   

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