Fukien Tea

Carmona Retusa

£30.00

For those adept at gardening and horticulture, the Fukien tea tree offers a substantial reward. With a thick knotted trunk and evergreen foliage that blooms frequently, this bonsai will make the perfect showstopper to your home or workplace. Also supplied with a beautiful glazed ceramic pot, this all in one plant makes the perfect gift or treat. This bonsai is also supplied with a matching drip tray, enabling excess water to drain safely without damaging your windowsill, table, or carpet!

Plant Height: 25cm Pot Size: 15cm glazed ceramic pot & tray

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How To Care For Fukien Tea

Bonsais like being well-watered. Remember to keep the soil consistently moist, thoroughly soaking once a week.

Keep in a brightly lit area close to a window but out of direct sunlight for optimum conditions.

Bonsais love a humid environment. Be sure to keep your bonsai away from radiators and give your plant a mist every so often. To go the extra mile, why not introduce a humidity tray over the colder months of the year?

Bonsais thrive with soil that retains water well. it is recommended that a mixture of grit, peat, and loam should be used with your bonsai.

During the growing season, be sure to use a little fertiliser every week. In spring, it may be worth using nitrogen-heavy fertiliser. However, as you reach summer and autumn it would be wise to use a well-balanced fertileser instead.

Like all plants, bonsais are occasionally prone to pests and diseases. If you notice your plant has been infected, be sure to use some of our natural insecticide, neem oil, to treat.

You should look to repot your bonsai every two years. A good way to gauge this is by looking at your roots. If plenty are touching the sides of the ceramic pot, it’s time to repot!

About Fukien Tea

Botanical Name
Carmona Retusa
Nicknames
Air Purification Qualities
Yes
Child & Pet Safe?
Toxic to humans and pets.

For those up to the challenge, the Fukien tea tree promises a beautiful, graceful bonsai. The Fukien tea tree is popular for bonsai because it easily develops a thick and knotted trunk, is evergreen, blooms frequently and has tiny lobed leaves. Fukien tea trees are not picky about the quality or makeup of soil they are planted in, but it is essential that drainage is maintained at all times. The most common problem with Fukien bonsai is rotting roots from compacted, soggy soil. The Fukien tea tree prefers soil that ranges from moist to slightly dry. The best practice for watering (link to watering page) a Fukien bonsai is to give it a good watering and then wait for days or weeks until the soil is getting dry before adding more liquid. Under-watering a Fukien tea tree bonsai can result in the leaves looking shrivelled. This can usually be reversed, if caught early, by watering the plant immediately.

Bonsai trees have also been shown, in scientific studies, to reduce the incidences of sore throats, dry coughs, colds, and dry skin. The explanation behind this lies behind the bonsai’s ability to naturally regulate your home’s levels of humidity.  Similarly, with their natural ability to bring calmness and serenity to those who look at them, bonsais have also been used as “nature therapy” to quicken rates of psychological and physiological rehabilitation in patients.

Ordered yourself a Brush Cherry Bonsai? Have a look at our extensive range of bonsai fertilisers and pruning tools to keep on top of your regimen!

Toxicity

Fukien Tea Bonsai is toxic to humans and pets. When eaten it can cause burning and swelling of the lips, tongue and throat and it can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Please note: this product DOES include a pot and a drip tray.

Please note: this plant comes in a plastic nursery pot. Browse our entire range of plant pots to add that extra charm and character to your home.

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