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.
Formal upright, Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Semi-cascade, Literate, Broom, Rock-over-root, Clasped-to-rock, Twin-trunk, Clump
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.
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.
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 best done between autumn and winter do not leave on for more than a few months at a time.
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.