Indoor bonsai

Indoor says trees are trees coming primarily from tropical climates that do not support low temperatures. We must place them indoors, always close to a source of natural light.

Serissa phoetida

Family

Rubiaceae

Origin

India, China and Japan.

Serissa phoetida

Characteristics

The Serissa is an evergreen shrub. It is also known as the Tree of a Thousand Stars due to the number of tiny white flowers that blossom during the summer season.


Place

Ideally in a Mediterranean climate, outside in the sunshine.

In colder climates always protect from very low temperatures and avoid freezing.


Irrigation

Watering should be moderate. Excess watering can cause yellowing and dropping of leaves.


Fertilization

Spring and Autumn.

Transplant

Every 2 years in spring.

Substratum

100% Akadama or mixed with 20% of volcanic clay.


Pruning and nipping

Pruning

This can be done throughout the year. The Serissa responds well to radical pruning and will bud back even in old wood. Eliminate unwanted suckers growing from the base of the trunk. Once the tree has grown four pairs of leaves remove two of the pairs using tweezers.

Nipping

This can be done throughout the year. The Serissa responds well to radical pruning and will bud back even in old wood. Eliminate unwanted suckers growing from the base of the trunk. Once the tree has grown four pairs of leaves remove two of the pairs using tweezers.

Fencing

Spring


Curiosities

When you prune the tree a nauseous smell is emitted, especially from the roots, giving the name of phoetida, fetid.


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Serissa phoetida