Serissa Bonsai Care Guide
Serissa Bonsai Care Basic Info
Serissa Bonsai Care is similar to other varieties of bonsai. Serissa is a flowering evergreen or semi evergreen tree. Excellent specimen for bonsai because of it’s tiny leaves, impressive flowers, and aged trunk. Originates from South East Asia, native habitat is wet meadows as well as sub-tropical climates. Serissa are also known as “Snow Rose” and also “Tree of a Thousand Stars” due to the large number of small white flowers that is bloom about 3 times yearly.
The frequency of your watering schedule will be based on things such as humidity, heat, and how much sunlight the tree receives. Improper watering is the most common cause of death among bonsai trees. . There is no set schedule, check on your bonsai daily by touching the soil. Wait until the topsoil feels completely dry then water your tree thoroughly and When the topsoil feels dry, water thoroughly and deeply. It is very important to make sure the water is reaching the bottom of the pot and watering the whole root system.
Serissa need plenty of sun and do well in a warm client. Strong afternoon sun is not good as it is too strong especially in tropical environments such as South Florida . The more consistently the tree gets proper lighting the more often it will flower.
There are two schools of thought in regards to leaving Serissa Bonsai Trees outside during the winter. When temperature drops bellow 55 degrees Fahrenheit you can bring your Serissa Bonsai Tree inside. If you leave your tree outside during the winter it will go into a dormant state and temporarily drop all of it’s leaves.
Commonly Serissa Tree’s will drop their leaves when going through various changes – Lighting, moisture, and temperature. This is just a symptom of the stress that the tree is experiencing. With proper adjustments to the care of the tree it will soon re-grow its leaves.
Humidity is essential for proper Serissa Bonsai Care. If you are keeping your tree inside mist the tree on a regular basis to keep the Humidity up. Humidity will keep the foliage healthy and encourage new growth.
Never fertilize a newly re potted bonsai. The best time to fertilizer is in early spring as new growth begins to come in. I like to use a slow release bonsai fertilizer, superthrive, and an organic liquid based fertilizer once a month during the growing season. Fertilizing is very important to the art of bonsai as these trees are being grown in such small volumes of soil. It is necessary to provide the tree with proper nutrition.
Serissa Bonsai Care requires frequent trimming as it grows quicker than other bonsai specimen. When Trimming your bonsai always view at eye level to help get the right perspective.
For young Serissa bonsai care re pot every year. Older Serissa Bonsai can be re potted every two years.
Insects and Diseases:
Serissa are much more susceptible to sudden changes than pests and diseases. Alphids are the most common pests for Serissa. Alphids will cause deformed leaves and slow down your trees growth. Insecticidal soaps work well for Alphids
Spider Mites can also be common on Bonsai. Can be spotted by small red or brown dots moving around on branch tips, severe infestations leave “spider webs” on branch tips and yellow leaves all over the tree.