The Tree Of a Thousand Stars
Serissa bonsai, also known as the Tree of a thousand stars, is one of the most sought after bonsai species. Their beauty lies in there tiny flowers, which may occur 2-3 times in a yearly cycle. Serissa have small leaves and are perfect for starting with bonsai.
Serissa is very responsive to alternations in climate and watering conditions. Any abnormal variation in watering or climate might lead to the plant shedding out all its leaves and flowers.
This plant demands a lot of patience and perseverance from the bonsai enthusiast. Many different cultivated varieties of this bonsai are available in the market.
Serissa is one of the most ubiquitous varieties of the genus of flowering plants, and is mostly found in countries like India, Japan, China and other south-east Asian countries.
Serissa bears flowers almost all round the year, and for these long flowering seasons they need proper fertilization.
This bonsai needs proper and regular pruning to ensure it stays in shape. You should ensure that during the flowering season when the bonsai is in full bloom, the old and withered flowers and leaves are removed to promote new growth.
Serissa develops air roots and look beautiful when used for the root over rock style of bonsai plantation.
Roots should also be pruned during the blooming season so that the vigour of the plant is maintained. If the roots are clustered, then the plant would be left wanting for proper nutrients and will have a sluggish growth, hence pruning of roots must also be carried out. Root pruning should be carried out in an interval of 1 to 2 years during the months of spring, and this is the time when you should consider repotting as well.
You need to provide a fine balance between too much of water and too little of it. Serissa is very reactive to variation of water level too little of it and it start shedding its leaves. In such conditions watering should be reduced till the leaves grow again.
Misting of the plant during the full bloom season might result in the flowers to rot. With experience you would able to know how exactly your Serissa Bonsai reacts to changing water and fertilizer levels.
This variety of bonsai is easier to maintain as compared to other varieties of bonsai but it is very reactive to changes in environment. However it usually recovers once optimum conditions are maintained again. This is the reason why Serissa bonsai demand a lot of patience from the enthusiast.
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