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Fukien Tea Bonsai - Cultivate Growth and Beauty

Carmona retusa

The Fukien Tea Bonsai is a houseplant that requires a little more attention to watering but the rewards are worth it. Your Fukien Tea Bonsai enjoys being pruned to help keep its beautiful shape and prevent overgrowth. 

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COMMON NAMES

  • Fukien Tea Bonsai

Quick Fukien Tea Bonsai Stats

  • Fukien Tea Bonsai grows best in consistent, bright, filtered light.
  • Water your Bonsai when the top of the soil becomes dry.
  • Springtime is the best time to trim your bonsai.

Light Requirements

Your Fukien Tea Bonsai will grow best with consistent, bright, filtered light. Many people put their bonsai trees near a window where the light is filtered through a pair of sheer curtains. This plant does not tolerate low light, the leaves may become sparse or fall off. If the plant gets enough light, it can produce cute little white flowers throughout the year.

Water Requirements

Water when the top of the soil becomes dry, then thoroughly drench until the water drains into the saucer. Empty the saucer if the water level is high so as not to drown the roots. Do not splash water on the leaves, this can cause stains. The worst thing you can do to your Fukien Tea Bonsai is to overwater it.

Humidity Preference

As a native to the tropics, your Fukien Tea Bonsai will appreciate you misting its leaves to increase humidity—especially when it gets very warm in the summer. Misting regularly also helps to keep the mites (damaging insects) from making themselves at home on the leaves.

Optimum Temperature

The Fukien Tea Bonsai enjoys average room temperatures of 65-78 degrees. Avoid temperatures below 55 degrees, sudden temperature drops, or cold drafts.

Plant Food

For best results, feed your plant every month during the spring and summer with diluted liquid fertilizer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

Additional Care

Bonsai requires occasional pruning to keep its beautiful shape, maintain health, and discourage it from outgrowing its container. Spring, after new growth emerges, is the best time to trim your bonsai. Prune by clipping and shaping their tops (leaves and branches) and clipping and removing some roots. Clip excess growth to keep the shape of the plant. Remove leaves or stems that detract from the balanced look of the plant and any dried or yellow leaves. Pruning the roots may be necessary as the plant matures. To do this, remove the plant from its pot and trim larger roots. Make sure to keep many smaller roots with lateral and hair roots. This will help keep the plant from becoming root-bound.

Toxicity

Fukien Tea Bonsai leaves are mildly toxic to humans and pets. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

The Fukien Tea Bonsai was featured in the September Harvest Moon 2019 Lunarly Box.

Lunarly September Harvest Moon | Bonsai

If you have further questions or if the plant just isn’t thriving, contact us at Hello@Lunarly.com