bonsai trees fukien tea ehretia microphylla - Knowledgebase Question

kannkakee, IL
Question by busboycoop
June 20, 2010
how do i take care of my bonsai tree it is a fukien tea ehretia microphylla


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Answer from NGA
June 20, 2010

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The Fukien Tea is an evergreen tree from Southeast China. It is a very good choice for both indoor or outdoor bonsai with its shiny, oval, dark-green leaves and small white flowers which can bloom all year if given the right conditions. The Fukien Tea produces small berries which gradually change from green to orange to red. If kept indoors, make sure it gets enough sunlight, without setting too close to the window, where sunlight can be amplified and burn the tree. If your tree does not receive the proper amount of sunlight, your plant will not produce berries. But keep in mind that the more sunlight your tree receives the smaller the leaves will grow.

It will take a minimum temperature of 60F so plan on either keeping yours indoors year around, or taking it outdoors during the summer months and back indoors for the remainder of the year. Water when the top of the soil is dry. Too much water will result in yellowing leaves; too little water will make the leaves wilt. After you've had your bonsai for a little while you'll be able to figure out how often it needs to be watered.

Aside from adequate water and bright light, you'll only need to feed your tree once or twice a year with a half strength dilution of a water soluable fertilizer such as Miracle Gro. Enjoy your bonsai!

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