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andrew

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My first tropical
« on: July 11, 2009, 04:17 PM »
I bought a Serissa thursday from a local nursery.   Im posting pics to get any ideas for it.   Also, is it too late to repot it?  I really dont like the pot also, any ideas?  Maybe one of Dale's riverbed pots?
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clrosner

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Re: My first tropical
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2009, 08:51 PM »
Hi Andrew:
I have always felt that when a person obtains a new tree, he or she should not do anything to the tree for at least a year! The whole idea is to learn how to keep the tree alive in your environment. Most of the time the tree you obtained may have been grown in a different area of the country.  Remember Bonsai teaches one patience! 

Irene is quite right!  I see several trees that could be air lawered later on, but first learn more about your tree.  Here in Zone 6/7, I bury my Serissa in the ground and let them go dormant during the winter.  (I find that the Serissa flowers much better after a dormancy perior!  This is my experience over the last ten years or more. I have no idea how a Serissa would react to weather in Ohio. But a picture is always worth sharing!

Warmest regards,
Carl
 

clrosner

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Re: My first tropical
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2009, 08:53 PM »
Here's a little info for your files

Carl

SERISSA foetida  KYOTO
CULTIVATION

SITE IN FULL SUN. WARM LOCATION, MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 54 DEGREES. PROTECT FROM COLD AIR.
WATER DAILY DURING GROWING SEASON,  MISTSPRAY TO MAINTAIN HIGH HUMIDITY, EXCEPT WHEN IN FLOWER AS DAMPNESS DISCOLORS PETALS. KEEP SOIL RELATIVELY DRY IN WINTER WHEN DAYLIGHT HOURS ARE SHORT. THE PLANT DISLIKES A SUDDEN CHANGE IN LIGHTING (MANY DIE FROM LACK OF LIGHT WHEN BROUGHT INDOORS. AND INDIVIDUAL TREES MAY SHOW DIFFERENT HARDINESS (A SERISSA GROWN INDOORS FROM YOUTH WILL WITHSTAND A GREATER VARIATION IN TEMPERATURE THAN A SERISSA PURCHASED FROM A GREENHOUSE) IF BROUGHT INDOORS, DO NOT PLACE NEAR A HEAT SOURCE OR IT WILL LOSE ITS LEAVES.

FERTILIZE EVERY TWO WEEKS DURING GROWING SEASON, FOUR TO SIX WEEKS IN WINTER.  (20-20-20).  LIKES SLIGHTLY ACID SOIL CONDITIONS. THE OCCASIONAL ADDITION OF MIRACID IS APPRECIATED.

REPOT EVERY SECOND TO THIRD  YEAR IN EARLY SPRING, USE BASIC BONSAI MIX. THE NEWLY PRUNED ROOTS WILL EMIT A WRETCHED ODOR. PRUNE MODERATELY.

TRIM NEW SHOOTS TO ONE OR TWO PAIR OF LEAVES AFTER REPOTTING.

TAKE SOFTWOOD CUTTINGS; THEY ROOT EASILY IN SPRING OR SUMMER.
TRY FOUR INCH CUTTINGS IN A GLASS OF WATER THE MASSES OF WHITE, STAR-LIKE FLOWERS, WHICH BLOOM IN SUMMER, GIVE THIS EVERGREEN SHRUB ITS COMMON NAME “TREE OF A THOUSAND STARS” OR A “SNOW ROSE”, WHILE THE UNPLEASANT ODOR OF ITS ROOTS AND BARK AMPLY JUSTIFY ITS BOTANICAL NAME OF Serissa foetida. NATIVE TO SUB-TROPICAL AREA OF INDIA, CHINA AND JAPAN, THE PLANT CAN BE GROWN AS AN INDOOR BONSAI IN TEMPERATE AREAS OF THE WORLD. IT PRODUCES SMALL , SMOOTH GREEN LEAVES, AND THE WHITE FLOWERS CAN BE EITHER SINGLE OR DOUBLE. THERE IS A FORM WITH PURPLE FLOWERS, AS WELL AS ONE WITH VARIEGATED LEAVES.

RED SPIDER MITES, SCALE, WOOLY APHIDS ARE NOT AS MUCH OF A PROBLEM AS A SUDDEN CHANGE OF LIGHT OR TEMPERATURE
 

andrew

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Re: My first tropical
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2009, 07:53 PM »
Carl,

   Thank you very much.  Sorry so long for the reply.      andy