Fukien Tea -- Doesn't Get Worse Than This

bonsairookieMarch 17, 2013

Hi Everyone. Brand new to the forum, hoping I can get a little help, although this is one of those shake your head stories.

Bought a Fukien Tea bonsai for my in-laws last Xmas (2011). Gave them the care sheet that said, in essence, indoor plant (i.e., temp = minimum 60 degrees), must have as much sunlight as possible, and water every 2-3 days. Let's just say that they lost the care sheet and forgot everything that it said. I sometimes found the tree in the middle of a room, far from a window. Someone told them they should only water it once a week. I found it outdoors this week (in Maryland), where the temps are getting into the 30s at night. Apparently the plant had aphids, so they started spraying it repeatedly with insecticide, and put it outside.

Needless to say, all of its leaves fell off at some point. The only thing that has me even remotely heartened is that there are about 6-7 new leaves on it (or so they say -- they don't look new to me).

I now have the tree under a full-spectrum light in a warm room on a tray of rocks with water in the rocks. Does it have any chance at all of surviving? I can provide pictures if that would help.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I had to chuckle a little bit when you said they put it ourside. I'm from Pa., so I know how cold it's been on the east coast. I've found that Fukien Tea are quite resilient. It does sound like the tree has been abused, but it wasnt on purpose. I've never used a full spectrum light, all my plants are by a window which gets 10 to 12 hours of light daily. I'd water it every third day, fukien tea like the soil to be a bit dry at times. My idiot proof method of using a chop stick works great with them.
Fukien tea is considered a tropical plant, care for it for a few months. You may see greeny spirting from the nodes. After a few months you will see if any limbs have died. Also, get a spray bottle and mist it once daily. Lastly, I would suggest in a month to use a diluted fertilizer on it. All the harsh chemicals and cold weather has stessed it out, It will be dormant for a while recouperating.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 1:40AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
HELP! My Boxwood Bonsai tree is dying! :(
I recently got a small boxwood (i believe that's the...
Fukien Tea - Making a come back!!!
Hello Everyone, this is a wonderful story. Back in...
For my first? Good choice or bad?
Seiju Dwarf. Elm. $ 70 three gallon pot.Nice fat trunk....
Turface in Eugene OR
I have been looking for Turface or Turface like products...
Help! Brand new to bonsai and need design tips!
Hello all. First time posting. I received a gift of...
Sponsored Products
4' Red Cedar Royal Highback Porch Swing with Stand
Rain Rectangular: 5 Ft. x 8 Ft. Rug
$345.60 | Bellacor
Colony II Ceiling Fan by Monte Carlo Fans
$121.00 | Lumens
WHITE by Sarah Peyton 10-inch King-size Gel Memory Foam Mattress
Outdoor Table Tennis Sport 500
Merrimack Collection 2-Light Flush Mount Ceiling Light
$77.90 | Lamps Plus
Hampton Bay Ceiling Mounted Lighting Saguro 2-Light Flush-Mount Ceiling Russet
$69.98 | Home Depot
Cobblestone Rug 3'6" x 5'6" - PURPLE
$259.00 | Horchow
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™