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CARE GUIDE: Serissa foetida SERRISOIDES (Tropical)

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This variety is known as serisoides, the wild type. It bears ruffled small white flowers that bloom intermittently from late spring until Thanksgiving or Christmas, Therefore the name “Snow Rose”. Serissa is prized for these delicate white flowers and for its convoluted surface roots.

Serissa is particularly sensitive to drying out, but do not overwater. Allow the soil to become dry on the top between waterings and then water thoroughly by immersion once a week. If the plant becomes too dry between waterings, water from overhead. Roots must not become waterlogged so provide with good draining soil.

Once fear of frost has passed (although a slight frost will not hurt this plant and has been known to stimulate profuse blossoming), Serissa can go outside where it should be protected from the full glare of the sun. Indoors place it at a window but beware of the afternoon sun. Fertilize with four times diluted liquid 20-20-20 plant food, or with nutrient sticks. Fertilizing is especially important during Serissa’s long blooming period.

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These Serissa are distinguished by the substantial caliper of the entire range of sizes. Such thick trunks are rare. All sizes are shaped and ready to be popped into a bonsai container with minimal pruning. Just cut the root ball to the shape that fits your pot. Those roots are very fine;they tear easily, so the less combing out of the roots that you do, the better. When you do cut the roots you’ll find out why this is called foetida, Latin for stinky.

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