After working with plants for a long time, I just had to try a bonsai plant. They are fascinating to many and very appealing. Yet they do need a lot of maintenance and good skills in order to keep them.
A bonsai salesman came by the store I was working at, and I knew this was the one for me. It is called a Snow Rose because it gets sweet rose-shaped white blooms. It's horticultural name is Serissa fodida. I've been delighted to live with it for the last 12 years. It is a tropical plant and can live indoors all year round. I suspect this is one of the easiest bonsai plants to keep and would recommend it as a first attempt. It does need regular pruning and has been repotted once.
As appealing as they are, unless you are quite devoted, the bonsai is not for a beginner. It would be best to read a book or even take a class on these specialty plants before attempting to keep one for any length of time. It is best to purchase a bonsai from a garden center or other reputable plant retailer. I've seen many plants sold as a bonsai that really are not! Many bonsai are outdoor plants and must stay outside most of the time. They will not do well for very long in the house. A tropical plant that has been cultivated as a bonsai is the right choice for indoors. It is best to get some expert advice before purchasing one!
- Most bonsai plants, like this snow rose, need direct sun indoors but best to check on the needs of the specific one that you have, when purchasing it.
- Water as soon as the top of the soil is dry. It is recommended that it be placed in a sink or container with water filled up to the top of the pot line. I use and old plastic mixing bowl that it fits into, just right. There it can absorb all the water it needs in about 15 minutes.
- They need to pruned regularly.
- When repotting, there is bonsai soil available on the market. A root pruning should be done at that time.
- Fertilize occasionally.