Serissa Foetida

Serissa Foetida

$30.00 inc. GST

Pot Size: Approx. 14cm(Ø) x 7cm(H)

POT COLOR AND SIZE MAY VARY AND CHANGE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY
ALL MEASUREMENTS ARE APPROXIMATE AND MAY VARY

Serissa Foetida

  • It is a genus of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae, containing only one species, Serissa japonica.
  • It is native to open sub-tropical woodlands and wet meadows in southeast Asia, from India, and China to Japan.
  • It is commonly called the snow rose, tree of a thousand stars, or Japanese boxthorn; and was formerly called Serissa foetida.
  • ‘Foetida’ refers to the unpleasant, vomit-like, odor that the trees give off if their leaves are pruned or bruised.
  • This species of Serissa is a variegated version, expected to bloom white flowers.
SOIL
  • A well-drained but on the other hand water buffering soil is very important because the Fukien Tea is sensitive to drought as well as excess wetness.
  • A mixture of Akadama with a little humus and pumice is well-proven.
FERTILIZER
  • Solid organic fertilizer is appropriate for the Fukien Tea Bonsai because its roots are sensitive.
  • Liquid fertilizers can also be used in carefully measured dosage and only on moist soil.
  • Feed the tree well from spring to autumn following the directions for use, but in winter less often.
LIGHT
  • The Fukien Tea is an indoor Bonsai which can only be kept outside all year in very warm climates.
  • It needs a lot of light and in the house, it should be positioned behind a windowpane where it gets the best light.
WATER
  • Keep the tree moist, as it doesn’t like droughts.
  • But be careful not to water too often because it doesn’t like soil wetness either.
  • As soon as the soil surface gets dry the tree needs to be watered generously but it must not be left standing in excess water.

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