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Liviux

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Fukien Tea falling leaves
« on: December 02, 2014, 03:40 PM »
Hello all!

I bought a Fukien Tea 3 weeks ago. It's leaves started to fall and now I have like a half of leaves left on it.

Is there a problem with watering or it's something else?
I want to master the art of bonsai but I have problems with it.
I hope they will pass easily. Then I will be on my way with my business.

Regards.
 

bwaynef

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Re: Fukien Tea falling leaves
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2014, 07:28 PM »
I don't have any experience w/ Fukien Tea, but I've heard that they're pretty easily convinced to drop their leaves.  Its likely due to the transition to your place.

Don't water it when it doesn't need it, but don't let it dry out.  Double-check this, but I'm pretty sure it needs protection from freezing ...and likely needs temps > 40ºF.
 

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Re: Fukien Tea falling leaves
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2014, 11:27 AM »
Pass easily like a 3in kidney stone!

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Tough species to start with.
Leaves should grow back.
Careful watering. Mindful watering.


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terry

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Re: Fukien Tea falling leaves
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2014, 01:04 PM »

Fukien Tea is probably one of the most frustrating tropical out there I have tried.  I had several that were beautiful, healthy, growing like crazy for several seasons until they, one by one decided to expire.  They would drop their leaves at the drop of a hat but would then always grow back.  They would thrive in our Michigan summer outside only to struggle all winter inside.  I would love to have some more of them but never will until I can place them in a tropical environment.

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Re: Fukien Tea falling leaves
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2014, 08:30 PM »
Dido on all the comes above!

They require lots of attention. During the warmer weather they easily pick up all kinds of bugs. A grow light inside during the winter is benefitical.
 

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Re: Fukien Tea falling leaves
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2014, 01:45 AM »
The stands outside are metal, the bugs don't like to walk on them, especially the ants that bring the aphids.
The  stands next to the house are concrete, the ants love it, tons of aphids.
The solution was - temporarily - neem spray - permanently - a systemic.

These trees are not tropical, somwhere around zone 9, maybe zone 8, but they are conditioned to apear as indoor or Tropical shrubs. Remember where they are grown in the fields in China, they are kept outdoors, and mainland China has no tropical zone.
Reseach showed that their high in Winter was 50 deg.F [ near the beaches ]
Fukien teas come from Fujian province.

All that said down here, they are full sun shrubs, they rest with our shortened days for about two months. There will be no growth, no flowers, no new leaves.
Drop the light to some % of shade and they drop leaves.
Allow the soil to go from moist to dry and they drop leaves.
Our dry season is about 6 months long, no rain falls, they drop leaves to match, this is for the Fukien teas in the ground.

They also will not trunk thicken in a pot, even with very long extensions - 6 to 10 feet.

Easy shrubs to grow, just find out if you have to use spring to acclimate to a cooler autumn and cooler winter.
Take a cutting in spring grow outdoors and observe how much cold it can take in autumn / winter. May need less light as the cold comes on.
Good Day
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Re: Fukien Tea falling leaves
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2015, 12:36 PM »
Light. More light.

Where is it standing?