Carmona, the Oriental Tea Tree, is such a simple yet artistic bonsai! Skilfully trained into an elegant ‘S’ shape, this perfect miniature tree is already established and presented in a shallow plastic pot. The lush, unusually shaped waxy green lobed leaves are densely packed in clusters on the branches and dotted with pretty white flowers for many months of the year, followed by tiny round fruits that can be green, red or black.
The Oriental Tea Tree is popular amongst bonsai growers who have some experience, as it can be a little more challenging than other varieties. It easily develops a thick, knotted trunk which turns light grey in colour as it ages, and the attractive cracked appearance of the bark gives it an ancient look. A truly stunning and incredibly rewarding specimen, symbolising courage and heart.
A native of Southeast Asia, these are a classic-looking evergreen bonsai and a real project for you to work on. Grow in a well-lit location and feed and water regularly. There is no need to use wire to shape Carmona and it can be pruned as desired for shaping and styling. The leaves are naturally small.
Your tree will benefit from time on a table outdoors during summer.
Supplied as an established tree in a shallow 14cm plastic pot.
General Indoor Bonsai Tree Care
Watering your Bonsai
Because it is restricted in a small pot, your bonsai will need checking morning and evening to see if it needs watering.
Keep your bonsai on its tray. This will catch the water draining through the holes in the bottom of the pot and will create some humidity around your bonsai, especially useful if you have central heating on.
Don't however let your bonsai sit in water as this can damage its roots.
Where to put your Bonsai
During winter place your bonsai in the brightest place possible, avoiding artificial heat such as radiators.
If placing your bonsai on a windowsill, keep it out of direct sunlight as they prefer cooler rooms.
During the summer, your bonsai will enjoy a spell outside, just remember to keep it in a bright, sheltered position.
Feeding your Bonsai
We always recommend feeding your bonsai with a specialist fertiliser - ordinary plant foods can be too strong for the bonsai and may scorch the roots. Feed once a week to once a fortnight during the spring, summer and autumn.
Reduce the feeding to approximately once a month in mid-winter when it is barely growing.
yellowing of the leaves if the bonsai is deficient in nutrients.
How to Prune Your Bonsai
Once new shoots have grown to about 2-3cm, using a sharp pair of bonsai scissors carefully cut back to the first pair of new leaves.
Your bonsai has individual branches and you should prune to maintain the gaps between them.
Prune regularly to maintain the shape - start as soon as you get your tree.