small evergreen shrub, native to China and Southeast Asia; it has very small, shiny, light green leaves that emit a pungent odor; from March to the end of summer it shows off a showy flowering, very decorative, with large, five-petaled white or slightly pink flowers. It has light brown, wrinkled bark, which becomes lighter in adult plants. It does not present particular cultivation problems, as long as you do not change its position too frequently.
Pruning: it is pruned in early spring; throughout the year, avoiding the flowering period, the shoots are pinched leaving two pairs of leaves; remove withered flowers to prolong flowering.
Exposure: should be placed in a very bright place, avoiding the direct incidence of the sun’s rays. In summer it can be placed outside, although it is better to avoid excessive changes in temperature. It fears temperatures below 10 C. The ideal is to always keep it in the same place all year round.
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shrub native to Japan, widespread in Europe and North America, with small dark green oval leaves and abundant and very showy flowering; the flowers are simple, gathered in bunches, of colors …
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Watering: it loves very humid climates, therefore it is advisable to water it very frequently, always keeping the soil a little humid, however avoid water stagnation. Vaporize the leaves daily with distilled water to keep the ambient humidity high. Add fertilizer to the watering water about once a month, not exceeding because the serissa it suffers from the excesses of chemical fertilizers.
Soil: Well-drained bonsai soil is fine, you can make an optimal compost by mixing one part peat, two parts sand and one part clay. Repot every two years, pruning the roots by about a fifth, at any time of the year, avoiding the flowering period.
Multiplication: the serissa it multiplies very easily by cuttings, taking semi-woody cuttings in spring, which must be rooted in a mixture of sand and peat in equal parts.
Parasites and diseases: the serissa is not particularly afraid of the attack of parasites and diseases; sometimes the leaves dry out almost completely to avoid it well sprinkle the leaves every 2-3 months with a generic fungicide.
Characterized by a showy flowering that occurs from the beginning of March to mid-September, the bonsai serissa d
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