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.

Durantha repens

Family

Verbenaceae

Origin

South America.

Durantha repens

Characteristics

Evergreen shrub with green leaves, although during winter it can take a yellowish color. Blooms in summer with flowers in white or whitish lilac florets.


Location

In Mediterranean climate areas, outside in full sun throughout the year. In colder areas, to be protected from frost.


Watering

It is necessary to let the surface layer of the substrate dry slightly between two watering. It doesn’t tolerate well the excess of water.


Fertilization

From spring to mid-autumn with organic fertilizer or liquid NUTRIBONSAI from Mistral Bonsai.
Fertilization must be interrupted during extremely hot summer periods.

Re-potting

Every 2 years, in early spring.

Substrate

100% Akadama, or mixed with a 20% of volcanic gravel; otherwise, if not available, Mistral Bonsai TERRABONSAI can also be used.
After transplanting it is convenient to water with a solution of VITABONSAI from Mistral Bonsai, to accelerate the recovery of the tree.


Pruning and pinching

Pruning

At the end of winter.

Pinching

Within the growing period, by reducing the excessively grown shoots to a pair of leaves.

Wiring

In spring.


Curiosities

It is a very decorative bonsai for its flowering and its fruits, also of great interest for its fragrance. Moreover, the flowers attract butterflies, and birds will enjoy eating its attractive golden yellow berries.


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Durantha repens