Indoor bonsai

The so-called indoor trees are mostly trees from tropical origins, that do not support low temperatures. We must place them indoors, always close to a source of natural light.

Carmona sp.

Family

Boraginaceae

Origin

Southeast Asia

Etymology

Ing: Fukien tea. Oriental Tea Tree Bonsai.

Carmona sp.

Characteristics

It is a tropical evergreen leaf tree. It’s appreciated for its shiny leaves, white flowers and small red fruits.


Location

Ideally in a Mediterranean climate, outdoors during the summer months and protected from cold temperatures the rest of the year.
In colder climates keep in a greenhouse throughout the year.


Watering

Generously in summer and decreasing in winter. Spray leaves with pure water.


Fertilization

From spring to autumn.

Re-potting

Every 3 years in late spring.

Substrate

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


Pruning and pinching

Pruning

Can be carried out throughout the year.

Pinching

Using tweezers prune back to 2 leaves after 6 to 8 leaves have grown.

Wiring

Can be carried out throughout the year.


Curiosities

In the Carmona genus we find that the ones with small leaves grow to become miniature bonsai while the ones with bigger leaves grow slightly larger size trees because their growth ratio is higher.


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Carmona sp.