Fukien Tea Bonsai Care
Originated from China, the Fukien Tea bonsai tree is a popular bonsai variety in the market. It is known for its dark green foliage and special cracked tree barks. Like many tree, Fukien Tea will produce white blossom during its growth. Although it is a tree cultivated indoors, it can be put outside the house in warm seasons.
Fukien Tea bonsai needs indirect sunlight during its growth. In warm summer season, you can put it outside to enjoy the afternoon sunlight. When putting them indoors, you need to avoid putting it under direct sunlight. Generally, one hour of sunlight is adequate for its growth. The temperature for its growth should above 60 degrees, and low temperature will weaken the health of your tree. You should keep your bonsai moist by putting a tray full with water under the bonsai pot.
Water is one of the most important factors for Fukien Tea’s health. More sunlight and high temperature will result in a high evaporation rate. Inadequate water will severely weaken the health of a bonsai tree. The simplest way to detect if the soil is dry is to stick your finger into the soil. The soil should be a bit of dry during two consecutive watering processes. Water should be applied for each couple of days, and you need to apply a thorough watering.
Fertilizing is necessary for bonsai trees because some nutrients will be washed away during each watering. So, frequent fertilizing is necessary to compensate these losses. You should use some organic water-soluble fertilizers. To make your bonsai trees in a good shape, the trimming work is necessary from time to time. You should prune some new leaves and branches based on the atheistic requirements. Some special bonsai trimming shears can be used to do the trimming.
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