Originating from China (from the province Fuijan, hence the name), where it’s still very popular for Penjing purposes, the Fukien is a popular indoor Bonsai tree. Its small dark-green shiny leaves are covered with hairs. In late spring/early summer small flowers appear that later on make place for small dark berries.
Position: The Fukien Tea is an indoor tree, which can only be placed outside in warm climates. It prefers a bright spot without too much direct sunlight though. The best temperature is around 20 degrees C (68F), make sure it doesn’t experience much lower temperatures.
Watering: Keep the tree moist, as it doesn’t like droughts. But be careful not to water too often either.
Feeding: Fertilize the tree once to twice every month from spring till autumn, less often during the winter.
Pruning: The Fukien tree can take pruning quite well, regular pruning will make the tree grow a dense branch structure.
Repotting: In early spring about every two years. Use a normal soil mixture.
Propagation: From seeds or by using cuttings in summer.
For tree identification use our Identify my bonsai tree species guide or go to the Bonsai care forum.
General guidelines can be found in our Bonsai care section or in the outdoor & indoor bonsai pages.
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