First days of Fukien Tea (Carmona) Bonsai outside

It is now starting to act like spring outside, and time to start having my Carmona sit outside for a few hours during the day. Carmonas are very sensitive and mine might get a little mad at me for bringing it in and taking it back out all the time, but the nights are still too cold. For now, I’m getting it used to the weather outside, and I’m going to see how it does. so far it is looking pretty good.

I put some moss on the top of the soil here to keep some more moisture in the tree because Carmonas love moisture. This is a moss that is very similar to “Baby Tears”, but is easier to trim. I don’t think I planted the moss well on the one side. It was fairly chilly for the tree that day (50F), and I was in a hurry to get the tree back inside. If it perks back up, that will be great, but if it doesn’t it’s okay. The moss was very cheap for me.

I also have that pebble tray underneath the tree to keep a bubble of moisture around the plant, it’s very helpful because there is not very much humidity yet. I only fill it to cover half of the top layer of rocks, I don’t completely submerge them.

I also have only had a problem with fruit flies so far, so I hope nothing happens beyond that. I don’t want my Carmona to get sick this early on.

I bought this from a local store when it was slightly smaller than it is now, I did not grow this from a seed. This tree is my third, if you include the seed that I’m growing.

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Time to chill my Sakura seeds

Recently, I learned that it is important to bring the seeds out of a state of dormancy before they can sprout. It sounds like a no-brainer, but as a beginner, I thought that if I watered the seeds, they would grow on their own. With Sakura seeds, you need to chill them for 4-6 weeks (probably in a refrigerator) and then slowly move them into warmer conditions. This will “crack” the seed and start the growing process. It’s day 1 for my Sakura in the fridge. I hope it gets along well with the parsley.

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I think it’s only right to start from the very beginning

I decided that I want to grow Bonsai trees when I was goofing around on Amazon and found a gift box with tree seeds and a cute little pot for them to grow in. It was fairly cheap, and it arrived within a few days. When I got it, I was so excited to pot it. The directions said to put a draining screen on the bottom of the tiny pot, and then put some pebbles over that, so I did. The box came with these too, and a small bag of “special bonsai soil” to plant the seeds in. I don’t know if the starting soil really makes a difference, but I learned that the soil used to start a seed is not the same as what is used when the tree has grown.

When a seed starts, the soil can’t be too loose, because the seed needs to root, but for the same reason, the soil cannot be too tight. This is my first Bonsai seed… it’ll be a little better to look at in a few weeks! When it grows, it will be a beautiful Japanese cherry Blossom tree. I have heard that they can be very sensitive, so wish me luck! I will post updates on how it does, how my experiments with it turn out, and how well my methods work as it grows.

I have to say that all the experience I have with plants comes from me asking questions, and researching answers. I have very little hands-on experience right now, but I hope that as I learn new things, I can share my experiences with you. Without putting your plants at risk, you can benefit from my successes and learn from my mistakes! Feel free to message me your thoughts and correct me if you see me doing something silly! Lots more to come soon.

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