More Serissa Bonsai

More serissa bonsai stories come from two very different climate zones. The following two authors share their unique experiences.

Notes from Carl Rosner
New Jersey, USA

Living in Zones 6/7, I made a bold move when I decided that my Serissa did not like the warmth of my Tree house (green house to most).

The Serissa seemed to like the cooler temperatures, and about eight years ago, I decided to place my Serissa forest outdoors in my flowerbed for the winter. I had read somewhere that there are places in the cooler climates that use the Serissa as a hedge. Hmmm I thought!

serissa bonsai trees

We have mild winters in Southern New Jersey, but there are always cold snaps when the temperatures drop down into the single digits for a few days. Nothing-ventured etc….

I was dumbfounded by the results after my first year of the Serissa in the ground during the winter.

When I dug it up I wasn’t even sure it was still alive, but the leaves developed quickly. The forest burst into more flowers than I had seen in the years prior, and I have been burying my Serissa in the ground ever since.

This forest is no longer in my possession so I am unable to give you dimensions, but I still have the pot, which measures 13 inches wide by 11 inches deep and 3.75 inches high.

I do have another Serissa, which I call Serissa Mountain, which I dug up on March 15th of this year (2010.)

Arturo Cid
South Florida, USA

I live in South Florida.  I started this Serissa forest 5 years ago from small plants bought from George Buriff's nursery. I have never wired it until now and have always kept pruning the top and cleaning some of the undesirable growth from below.

Serissa bonsai

When it flowers it really makes a statement and looks like "A Thousand Stars". Everyone tells of how difficult it is to keep these alive, so I feel a sense of accomplishment just to have had this forest for so long.

I find that as long as it is watered daily and not allowed to cook under direct sun they do well. I use Miracle-Gro liquid fertilizer every week or so in the summer months and less often in the winter. I also use slow release osmocote every 2-3 months.

The container is a handmade tray about 24 x 11 by a member of the Miami Club nicknamed "Bear" who passed a few years ago. Bonsai enthusiasts are calling these "Bear-trays".

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