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serissa foetida bonsai tree -we realized that some people are coming here on the Blog, searching on the care with which we have serissas, so here we go.
The Serissa foetida is not a difficult plant to care for, some say she is fragile but not quite agree with that. I have a Serissa and until today I had not many problems with it, below we have a “fact sheet” on serissa:
Origin: China and Southeast Asia.
Environment: Indoors, the Serissa should stay, but not overly hot enough lighted place. Like a lot of sun, but in the summer we should protect them from the hottest hours of the day (the sun of midday is one of the worst). It can remain both inside and outside.
Features: It is a plant, Evergreen, evergreen, but may lose leaves at low temperatures or sudden temperature changes, but to bud back quickly. It is a shrub and can make a beautiful indoor bonsai because it has very intense bloom with its white flower, ranging from early spring until late summer (even so, it can bloom at other times of year too). The leaves are very small and its color ranges from light green to dark green, and in some varieties have a white border around the leaves. Its roots have an interesting development, giving the impression of the tree being older than she really is. The bark and roots have a foul odor when cut (so called Serissa foetida). Its flowers have a star shape, causing it to be commonly known as “Tree of a Thousand Stars”.
Fertilization: From spring to summer, every two weeks with liquid fertilizer for bonsai and flowers. In winter, only if the environment is hot, and in this case, only once per month. The use of Osmocote, since in small quantity, is also recommended, but again, we should avoid its use while it is blooming. Very careful with excess fertilizer, the Serissa (like any other plant) may suffer.
Watering: Need lots of water, uniform moisture, both in summer and in winter shall be maintained. Spray the leaves with water, it helps a lot too, but we should avoid it when it is blooming.
Transplantation: Every one to two years before sprouting (which occurs in the spring). Cut half of roots and transplantation prior to the appearance of new flowers.
Pruning: Can the branches when they grow throughout the year to maintain the shape you want. It Supports up to rigorous pruning the old wood without many problems. Can young shoots to the first or second pair of leaves; have already developed three to four pairs. The serissa should have a compact appearance as a bush. One of its features is the vigorous sprouting throughout the stem and especially the roots, which most often are exposed (which gives the plant an age apparently more advanced). The elimination these sprout as they are born, which prevents them from stealing the strength of growth of important points in the tree.
Reproduction: Occurs easily through the method of cuttings from the tips of branches.
Cleaning: Remove dead leaves after they have withered to stimulate a later flowering and also remove the yellow leaves, which will come with ease.
Trellis: Can be performed at any time (and better during the growth phase). Its wood is flexible and adapts well to all forms.
Warning: When you prune the roots, get ready for the unpleasant smell that they exude when cut.