Anna Marissax Flower May 20th 2020, 08:20:01
Carmona microphylla (Ehretia buxifolia)
Philippine Tea, Fujian (fu-¯ien) Tea
This evergreen bush is one of the plants which looks like trees. It is recommended to grow it indoor during the whole year if the climate is temperate. Small leaves and it's integrated shape makes it impossible to use other forming techniques but shearing. Forming with wires is not necessary at all. The tree is characterized by white blooms that grow between shiny leaves during the Spring and Summer. When the blooming season ends and everything goes fine, your bonsai should produce berry-looking fruit, which changes their color from green to red while maturing. We should also mention that this plant's correct name is Ehretia buxifolia, but bonsai hobbyists know it as the synonym; Carmona microphylla.
Light: Bear in mind that this bonsai requires a bright place, but it should be secured from the hot summer sun.
Temperature and exposure
The range between 15°C - 24°C is the most suitable.
Pruning and forming
New twigs should be cut to 2-3 leaves once there are 6-8 leaves. Even it is not necessary, you may try wiring as well especially for woody twigs.
Soil and replanting
Repotting should be done every 2-nd year early in the Spring. Use soil which consists of one part of the argillaceous rock, 2 parts of peat, and 2 parts of sand or granulate clay.
Watering and fertilization
Maintain a good watering of the soil while the plant grows. It is recommended to lower the frequency and amount of watering during Winters. Bear in mind that the bonsai must not get dry. Fertilization should start in the early Spring once per 2 weeks. Fertilize it once per 4-6 weeks during Winter.
Anytime from seeds planted in a greenhouse or similar constructions. It is also possible to grow a new bonsai if you have green cuttings which develop during Spring and Summer.
Carmona is suitable for all styles and sizes.
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