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.

Serissa phoetida

Family

Rubiaceae

Origin

India, China and Japan.

Etymology

Tree of a Thousand Stars Bonsai Tree.

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.


Location

Ideally in a Mediterranean climate, outside in the sunshine.

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


Watering

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


Fertilization

Spring and Autumn.

Re-potting

Every 2 years in spring.

Substrate

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


Pruning and pinching

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.

Pinching

When a shoot has grown more than 4 pairs of leaves, cut down to 2 pairs.

Wiring

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