Chinese sweet plum

Family: Rhamnaceae

Genus: Sageretia

Botanical Name: Sageretia Theezans

The Sageretia Theezans is a tropical evergreen shrub able to reach one to three meters high in the wild. It is native to China and is broadly used by enthusiasts as Bonsai. The Chinese sweet plum highlights a dark brown trunk and small oval alternate green leaves. In spring, it blooms little white flowers followed by a small edible blue fruit. In most of Europe, this specimen has been grown as an indoor Bonsai that can be kept outdoors all year round in Mediterranean areas.

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Style

The Sageretia Theezans fits all sorts of styles and makes good small, medium, and even large Bonsais.

Location and Position

If it is below 10°C, then this tree is best kept indoors by a south-facing window because it appreciates full sunlight. In the spring and summer, it can be kept outdoors as long night temperatures don’t drop below 10°C. The Sageretia Theezans enjoys humid environments and will appreciate a humidity tray or a regular spray of water on the leaves

Watering

Water it regularly and keep the soil moist, but do not allow it to stand in a soaking wet habitat, or the roots will rot.

Feeding

Feed the Chinese sweet plum every two weeks from spring to summer and reduce to once a month from fall to winter (NPK 5:5:5 will do it just fine).

Pruning and Pinching

Clip-and-grow is the best shaping method for this shrub. During the growing season, pinch it regularly to keep its shape. Allow it to grow by ten centimetres and cut it back to three leaves.

Repotting and Soil

Repotting can be done every two years during the growing season by using a moist soil. A mix 1:1:1 ratio of Akadama, pumice, and bark mulch is a suitable choice.

Wiring

Fall and winter may be the best time to wire this specimen, but be careful during application, or you could scar the bark.

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