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.

Hamelia patens

Family

Rubiceae

Origin

Tropical

Etymology

Common names include firebush, hummingbird bush, scarlet bush, and redhead.

Hamelia patens

Characteristics

Evergreen tree. Very resistant to pests, wind and sun. It adapts well to indoor conditions. Orange or red flowers, red fleshy fruits turning black when ripen.


Place

Outdoor from May to September, but to be protected from the hours of strong sunlight in summer. Indoor for the rest of the year, next to a bright window.


Irrigation

Moderate throughout the year, abundant in summer.


Fertilization

From April to October.

Transplant

Every 2 years, in early spring.

Substratum

100% Akadama, or mixed with a 20% of volcanic gravel.


Pruning and nipping

Pruning

Has to be performed during spring.

Nipping

Throughout the year; When the new shoots have grown to 6 to 8 leaves, cut down to 2 leaves.

Fencing

In spring.


Curiosities

Shrub that can reach up to 7 meters high in its habitat, frequently visited by hum-mingbirds. As a medicinal plant, it is attributed anti-inflammatory, analgesic, healing and antifungal properties.


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Hamelia patens