Bonsai

Serissa - Serissa foetida


GeneralitŠ°


small evergreen shrub, native to China and Southeast Asia; it has very small, shiny, light green leaves, which give off a penetrating smell; from March until the end of summer it shows a showy flowering, very decorative, with large flowers with five petals, white or slightly pink. It has a light brown, wrinkled bark that becomes lighter in adult plants. It does not present particular cultivation problems, as long as you do not change its position too frequently.

Pruning and exposure


Pruning: it is pruned in early spring; throughout the year, avoiding the flowering period, the buds are clipped leaving two pairs of leaves; remove the withered flowers to prolong the flowering.
Exposure: it is advisable to place it in a very bright place, avoiding the direct incidence of the sun's rays. In summer it can be placed outdoors, although it is better to avoid excessive temperature changes. Fears temperatures below 10 ° C. Ideally, keep it in the same place all year round.

Watering and soil


Watering: it loves very humid climates, so it is advisable to water it very frequently, always keeping the soil a little damp, avoiding water stagnations. Spray the leaves daily with distilled water to keep the humidity high. Add fertilizer to the irrigation water about once a month, not exceeding because serissa suffers from the excesses of chemical fertilizers.
Soil: well-drained bonsai soil is fine, you can prepare an optimal compost by mixing a part of peat, two parts of sand and a part of clay. Repot every two years, pruning about a fifth of the roots at any time of the year, avoiding the flowering period.

Serissa - Serissa foetida: Multiplication and diseases


Multiplication: the serissa it multiplies very easily by cuttings, taking semi-woody cuttings in spring, which must be rooted in a mixture of sand and peat in equal parts.
Pests and diseases: the serissa does not particularly fear the attack of pests and diseases; sometimes the leaves dry up almost completely to avoid it it is good to spray the leaves every 2-3 months with a generic fungicide.