The Bodhi Tree Bonsai: a Symbol of Personal Growth

The botanical name for bodhi tree bonsai is Ficus religiosa, and it can be found in tropical and subtropical regions all over the world. This plant has been used as an auspicious symbol in religion, education, art, medicine, politics, and business throughout history.

The bodhi tree bonsai will provide you with an opportunity for personal growth and self-expression while having its roots firmly planted in your home or office, bringing peace, balance, and tranquility into your life.

I’ve been growing different bonsai trees for the last 15 years and have grown 20+ different bonsai trees.

Let’s get started and grow your own bodhi tree bonsai!

How To Care for Bodhi Tree Bonsai

If you’re looking to grow a bodhi tree bonsai yourself, make sure to get the right soil for it.

I recommend a bonsai potting mix that has more organic material in it than peat moss because this will give your bodhi tree better drainage and air circulation while keeping its roots moist.


Watering the bodhi tree bonsai should be done carefully as overwatering will cause root rot. I recommend using a gentle spray from the hose and making sure to get all of the soil wet, not just on top.

I’ve seen many people make the mistake of watering the bodhi tree bonsai by just dumping water from a cup on top. You should never do this because this can really hurt your bodhi tree bonsai in the long run.

Try to water just enough, so it doesn’t dry out. Find the perfect amount of water the tree needs, and you’re good to go.


Getting enough sunlight is crucial for the bodhi tree bonsai. It needs at least four hours of sunlight each day, so you’ll have to pay close attention to how much sun it is receiving.

There have been many times where people would leave their tree in the dark. The tree won’t absorb enough sunlight, and there won’t be any growth. Another problem is that people leave their tree outside every day. This isn’t necessary at all because the tree could easily stay inside all day.


Fertilizing your bodhi tree is very important because it provides the necessary vitamins and minerals to help your plant grow. It’s also a good idea to fertilize it once every week, so you won’t have any problems with nutrients at all.

Make sure that your bonsai might stop absorbing nutritions when summer comes around. At this point, you should fertilize less often, maybe once a month.


Repotting is important because it gives your tree the extra nutrients and water that it needs to grow. It’s also a necessity if you want to change its pot size, shape, or style.

To repot a bodhi bonsai tree, start by inspecting its roots and make sure they are healthy looking before moving on with the process. The next step is to slowly loosen the roots from its pot. This should be done carefully because it can easily break off and harm the tree’s root system.

After that, you should place some soil in the bottom of the new pot before gently placing your bodhi bonsai into it. Gently brush the earth over the surface with your fingers and make sure it’s evenly spread.

Trimming or Pruning

Trimming or pruning can be done right after your bodhi tree has been re-potted. This is essential for trees that are getting too large, have grown out of their pot size and shape.

What I normally do is prune the tree with my hands and avoid using any tools because they can damage and scar the tree, but I’ve seen other people do it with scissors which are also fine.

Where Can You Buy a Bodhi Tree Bonsai?

Garden Store

These types of trees can be bought in most garden stores. If not, you can always buy them at an auction. I’ve done this plenty of times, and I’ve always had a great experience.

There are some important things you need to consider before you purchase your bodhi tree bonsai.

  • Make sure you’re buying from a legit seller. This is important because you don’t want to get scammed. Always pay with Paypal Goods & Services if you’re buying online.
  • Consider how much space you have in your home or office before buying one of these trees.
  • If you have pets that will be in the same area as this type of plant, make sure they don’t chew on anything near it because these trees can get damaged easily.
  • Think about how much light the area where you want to put it gets. If the spot doesn’t get enough sunlight, consider buying an artificial light to make sure the tree gets enough light.

Now that you know these things go out and find a bodhi tree bonsai that suits your home or office. Keep in mind to enjoy the growing experience and take good care of the tree.

Should You Grow a Bodhi Tree Bonsai?

Bodhi Tree Bonsai

In short, Yes, you should grow a bodhi tree bonsai.

Growing a bodhi tree bonsai will give you a sense of peace and tranquility no matter where it is planted.

The bodhi tree bonsai should be cared for as needed to ensure that the plant grows healthy, strong roots reaching deep into your home or office while also providing an opportunity for personal growth in one’s life.

It’s worth the time, money, and experience, especially if you’ve never grown a bonsai tree before.

Growing a bodhi tree bonsai will help with stress and provide a soothing environment that is easy for anyone, no matter their skill level, to maintain, making it an excellent gift idea as well.

How To Propagate a Bodhi Tree Bonsai

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To propagate a bodhi tree bonsai, you will need to place a leaf from the bodhi tree into moist soil and wait for it to grow.

This is one of the easiest ways to propagate a bodhi tree bonsai because all that’s required are leaves and some dirt.

Leaves can be pruned off when the time is right, and the new bodhi tree bonsai will grow from those leaves.

It might take some time before seeing any growth but it’s worth it especially if you’re really into growing bonsai trees.

We start the process by removing only 1 cm of bark from the cutting’s stem. This is called marcotting and it stimulates increased root development.

After that, you will want to pot the cutting in a small container of soil. Be sure that there is enough drainage so you don’t kill your new bodhi tree bonsai before it has even had a chance to grow.

Finally, keep an eye on the bodhi tree when it starts to grow.


The Bodhi Tree bonsai is a wonderful plant to have in your home or office. It’s not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also provides you with an opportunity for personal growth and self-expression while having its roots firmly planted in your home or office, bringing peace, balance, and tranquility into your life. Stay tuned to our blog for more bonsai trees!

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