Bonsai Training Information

Sageretia theezans
Sageretia, Mock Buckthorn, Sweet-plum, Chinese sweet plum

An evergreen shrub that grows to 3 m tall with delicate oval light green to green leaves 1-5 cm, it has inconpicuious flowers and small edible drupe shaped fruit upto 1cm in diameter. It is a long cherised Bonsai species and has many old specimens.

Styles:

Formal upright, Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Semi-cascade, Literate, Broom, Rock-over-root, Clasped-to-rock, Twin-trunk, Clump

Location:

Indoor

Position:

When grown indoors it needs to be in a bright sunny location. It does not like draft or dry areas and the leafs can quicky wither if left in a dy area. Winter temperatures best above 12C. During Summer it may be moved outside and grown in sunny location, during the hottest months best to move into semi-shade area.

Watering:

Sagerita love moist soil, do not let pot dry out. Water regularly during Summer and keep pot moist during winter. In summer if grown out door water frequently 2-3 times a day. If grown indoor in summer, mist the leafs regularly.



Feeding:

Feed with a general purpose feed every 15 days from spring onwards. Once a month during autumn and winter.

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

Every 2-3 years late spring to early summer when warmer temperatures have settled. Do not prune more than a 30% of the roots. Use a moisture retaining soil mix. 2 part loam, 1 part peat or sphagnum moss, 1 part sharp sand. (2 part Akadama, 1part peat or sphagnum moss, 1 part Fuji Grit)

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

Shaping is normally done using clip and grow method. Prune back shoots to 2 or 3 leafs once they have grown to 5 or 6 pairs. Structural if required best done in early spring. Best not to root prune and strutural prune at the same time.

Wiring:

Wiring best done between autumn and winter do not leave on for more than a few months at a time.

Notes:

In the souther parts of UK (Zone 9 areas) you may be able to grow the Segereta out doors all year round. It may suffer die-back if temperaures fall below 55F or -4C. It is best to move into a cool Glass House when temperature are likely to fall so low.


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