Fukien Tea Tree, Carmona, Philippine Tea
Carmona microphylla species is Native to India, South East Asia and Southern China. Its compact nature, small leaves, small white flowers, red berries, and gnarled looking trunk all make it a lovely bonsai to grow. It can be a temperamental Bonsai to grow.
Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Semi-cascade, Rock-over-root, Clasped-to-rock, Twin-trunk, Clump
Likes a bright position but avoid exposing to direct midday sunlight if possible. Likes a warm location ideally above 15C and does not like too much temperature fluctuations.
Keep soil moist but not water logged. Over watering can lead to leafs turning yellow and falling off.
Every two weeks during the growing season and every 6 weeks during dormant periods. Use a balanced fertiliser through out the year with a high nitrogen fertiliser in spring - to help with the flush of new growth.
Leaf and Branch Pruning:
Best time to prune is late winter early spring before new growth starts - this ensures that new growth is left on for flowering. Cut back shoots with 6-8 leaf nodes to the last 2 nodes.
Re-potting & Growing Medium:
Repot every 2 years in late spring when warmer weather has settled in. Use a Basic Bonsai Mix 1 part peat or loam, 1 part Grit, 1 part leaf mould or bark
Wire woody branches any time of the year.
The Fukien Tea is a finky tree when grown indoor in Temperate regions. It does not like sudden changes in temperature, or droughty areas. It complains if over or under watered and is quite susceptible to insects. All in all it is a challenge even for the experienced Bonsai Grower