Fukien Tea Bonsai are some of the world’s most prestigious, one-of-a-kind specimen bonsai.
These trees begin to look aged earlier than most other bonsai trees. They have small dark-green, glossy leaves that grow in clumps.
Your Fukien Tea tree will produce small white flowers that will turn into small red berries during the growing season. This species’ light brown bark will become cracked and fissured, adding to the aged appearance of the tree.
Watering Fukien Tea Bonsai
A Fukien Tea tree requires a lot of water on a regular basis. Because it is in direct sunlight, the soil dries out much faster than that of most other miniature trees. Check the soil at least once a day and water it if it appears dry. Submerge the entire pot in water for a few minutes, then allow excess water to run off before returning the plant to its original location.
Fukien Tea trees require a lot of humidity and are usually kept in a humidity tray. To keep the tree from drying out, the humidity tray creates a small bubble of moisture around it. Spraying the tree with a mist bottle on a regular basis will also help improve humidity. This will also keep the soil from drying out too quickly.
Placement of your Fukien Tea Bonsai
Unless you live in a very hot and humid climate, you should keep this species indoors. Place your Fukien Tea tree in full sun, preferably in the morning, with at least one hour of direct sunlight per day. If you place your Fukien Tea tree in a well-lit, full-sun location, it will produce more flowers and berries.
Training Fukien Tea Bonsai
This miniature tree grows slowly, but it must still be pruned to stay small. After 7 or 8 leaves have grown, prune back to 3-4 leaves per branch. At any time of year, these trees can be easily shaped with hard pruning.
Repotting Fukien Tea Bonsai
Fukien Tea trees should be repotted every 2 to 3 years, with no more than 20% of the surface roots removed. Early spring is the best time to repot your Fukien Tea tree, just before it begins its active growing season. This will replenish the soil’s nutrients and make room for new roots to grow. After repotting, do not fertilize your tree for a month.
Fertilizing Fukien Tea Bonsai
Use a high phosphorus fertilizer in early spring, feeding the tree once a week. Switch to a high potassium fertilizer twice a month in late fall and continue through the winter.