For the first time, the serissa bonsai was discovered in China, Japan and other locations from Southeast Asia. The name of ‘The Tree of a Thousand Stars’ is very familiar for these trees. They could be found in a natural environment, growing in wet fields and marshy places. When the roots or the bark is cut or crushed, they have a specific smell and this is why this species of bonsai are called Serissa foetida. This name – foetida – comes from Latin and can be translated as ‘dirty-smelling’. Anyway, the special beauty of serissa bonsai is more valuable for the owners of this species.
More times in a year, serissa bonsai has white coloured small flowers, which also gives the name of ‘The Tree of a Thousand Stars’. The tree has a beautiful pleasant appearance also for visible roots and the model on the bark.
Caring for the Serissa Bonsai
This small tree can be pleasant as a decorative pattern at home or even in your place of work. It doesn’t grow more than fifty centimetres and the favourable temperature is over seven Celsius degrees. These simple requirements make the tree easy to use as a piece of decoration. To be sure to keep your serissa bonsai healthy you should maintain invariable temperature and constant humidity.
To be sure that your small tree has a long and a healthy life, make sure the light is corresponding to its needs. If you grow it in a closed space, you should know the right place to put it because of the source of lighting. The bonsai must have sufficient natural light, complementary to the artificial light.
When you use artificial lighting, the best suggestions are fluorescent or incandescent bulbs. The natural lighting can be simulated by using a mix of bulbs. Be aware to place the bulbs too close to your tree. If you wrongly put the bulbs too close to your serissa bonsai the leaves will wither and the tree will be affected for the future.
If the primary source of light is fluorescent, you have to be sure that you supply the necessary natural light for the tree. The serissa bonsai owner must place the tree at least six hours every day on the way of natural light.
After a considerable time it has been concluded that the serissa species benefit from south-faced natural lighting exposure and complementary artificial light. The explanation is that the tree gets natural light in the morning and during the day and in the evening, when the sun sets down, the tree will have reduced light. It is like a continuous living in a natural environment. If you don’t have the resources to place the tree oriented to the view of daylight, do your best to repeat the cycle of days and nights. This intelligent simulation will maintain your plant in a good healthy shape.
The right lighting practice is very close to water needs. It is the second important need of your tree. You can determine the correct mix of light maybe with some unsuccessful efforts, but you have to be patient. In the end you have to be sure that your serissa bonsai has a healthy life.