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Description

Carmona(Fukien tea tree) is used in bonsai because of its ability to develop a thick and interesting trunk, small white flowers that bloom almost year-round

Carmona is also called Fukien Tea. It is tropical plant native to Southern China, named after Fuijan province.Carmona is a genus of flowering plants in the borage family, Boraginaceae. Members of the genus are commonly known as scorpionbush.

The lobed leaves are shiny dark green and maintain their small size.It is preferably kept indoors because it is not very hardy. Leaves are tiny, oval, shiny and dark green. Trunk is of grey-green colour. The plant is difficult to find as well.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Fukien Tea.
Maximum Reachable Height upto 2 feet
Bloom Time The flowers are inconspicuous and the plants are grown mainly for their foliage
Difficulty Level Growing it is a challange even for a bonsai grower.

Planting and care

Over watering can lead to leafs turning yellow and falling off.Best time to prune is late winter early spring before new growth starts - this ensures that new growth is left on for flowering. Cut back shoots with 6-8 leaf nodes to the last 2 nodes.Repot every 2 years in late spring when warmer weather has settled in.

Carmona I Shape care

Sunlight Likes a bright position but avoid exposing to direct midday sunlight if possible.
Watering Keep soil moist but not water logged.
Soil Use a Basic Bonsai Mix 1 part peat or loam, 1 part Grit, 1 part leaf mould or bark
Temperature Likes a warm location ideally above 15C and does not like too much temperature fluctuations.
Fertilizer Every two weeks during the growing season and every 6 weeks during dormant periods. Use a balanced fertiliser through out the year with a high nitrogen fertiliser in spring - to help with the flush of new growth.

Carmona I Shape special feature

Most ficus bonsai trees can produce aerial roots in their natural habitat, which are often presented in appealing bonsai creations with many aerial root pillars or root over rock styles. To enable aerial root growth in our homes a humidity of nearly 100% must be achieved artificially.

Carmona I Shape uses

Ornamental Use:

  • Its compact nature, small leaves, small white flowers, red berries, and gnarled looking trunk all make it a lovely bonsai to grow

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for a Carmona I Shape ?

Carmona I Shape is commonly known as Fukien Tea.

How tall do Carmona I Shape grow?

On average Carmona I Shape grows upto 2 feet

When Carmona I Shape blooms?

With enough light, Carmona I Shape may produce flowers in The flowers are inconspicuous and the plants are grown mainly for their foliage

How hard is Carmona I Shape to grow?

A Carmona I Shape is Growing it is a challange even for a bonsai grower.

How much sunlight does a Carmona I Shape need?

A Carmona I Shape prefers Likes a bright position but avoid exposing to direct midday sunlight if possible.

How much water does a Carmona I Shape need?

A Carmona I Shape prefers watering Keep soil moist but not water logged.

What kind of soil does a Carmona I Shape need?

A Carmona I Shape prefers Use a Basic Bonsai Mix 1 part peat or loam, 1 part Grit, 1 part leaf mould or bark

What temperature does a Carmona I Shape like?

A Carmona I Shape prefers Likes a warm location ideally above 15C and does not like too much temperature fluctuations.

How often should I fertilize my Carmona I Shape ?

To encourage Carmona I Shape growth, Every two weeks during the growing season and every 6 weeks during dormant periods. Use a balanced fertiliser through out the year with a high nitrogen fertiliser in spring - to help with the flush of new growth.

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