How to care for a Serissa bonsai

On this page you will find the specific care you should know to know how to care for a Serissa bonsai, you can expand this knowledge in How to care for a bonsai.

Serisas are well-known plants in the bonsai world. Serissa It is a genus of the Rubiaceae family that has its origin in Southeast Asia (Japan and china). Serisas are evergreen plants that bloom profusely in summer.

How to care for a Serissa bonsai
Bonsai of Serissa

How to care for a Serissa bonsai


They are extremely sensitive plants to cold environments, which has popularized its use as an indoor bonsai. Even so, they live better outside, in semi-shadow situation, as long as the temperature does not drop below 10 ºC. In winter, well, should be protected from the cold.


The serisas have a moderate water consumption. Like most plants of tropical origin, its roots are very sensitive to water stagnations, so it is convenient to let the surface layers of the substrate dry before watering again.


They do not tolerate high doses of compost (its leaves may turn yellow). Subscribing must be frequent during the growing season, but at the same time, light. In winter, when the plant stops growing, the fertilizer must be minimal or even non-existent.


They need a transplant every 2 The 3 years at the most. The right time to do it is at the beginning of the spring season, before resuming vegetative growth. As a general rule, the roots should be shortened: we eliminate, approximately, half of the root mass.


Serisas are trees with a very high sprouting rate. should practically, sprout clamping throughout the year. The way to do it is the same as other evergreen plants: the shoot is allowed to grow to be cut after one leaving or two pairs of leaves.