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Help with Serissa please!!

Post  Mo on Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:14 pm

Hi

i am from South Africa and currently have a serisssa or snow rose, however it has dried out and lost all its leaves, i have been watering it and have cut back all the dry leaves and branches, we are currently going into spring and the plant is still alive. any tips on how i could restore the foilage and have it looking healthy again?

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Re: Help with Serissa please!!

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:02 pm

Serrisa have a reputation for being difficult, I think we might worry them to death. They respond to the same things as other plants, pay attention to not over or under water, use a meat skewer in the soil, wet wood don't water, dry wood water. Explain where you are keeping the plant, how you are watering, etc.

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Post  Mo on Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:25 pm

I am currently using a wooden scewer to check the soil before watering. Ive been constantly misting the area's which ive cut back, is that fine? ive got the tree on a Patio area which is north facing and generally warm however i do not allow direct sunlight to hit the tree since the afternoon sun is pretty harsh and i dont think a serissa is suited for such. is there anything else i could possibly do? Thank you for your feedback thus far:)

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:33 pm

I don't mist, I water from above until the water runs out, I do this three times to make sure the plant is thourghly watered, my serrisa sit on benches in full Florida sun.

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Post  Mo on Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:38 pm

I've been lead to believe by various sources that serissa do not do well in full sun, however i will try out what you've mentioned and hopefully il have a healthy looking Serissa soon.

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Post  bonsaisr on Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:11 pm

On the 43rd Parallel, I put serissa out for the summer gradually in almost full sun.
Iris

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Post  Andre Beaurain on Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:01 am

Mo wrote:I've been lead to believe by various sources that serissa do not do well in full sun, however i will try out what you've mentioned and hopefully il have a healthy looking Serissa soon.

Who are these people? Have you ever seen a serissa in shade, I mean really!

Where in SA do you live MO? And why do you mist the pruned area...... is that advice from the same People? Very Happy

I would Follow Billy's advice. Serissa also flower better when stressed.

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:49 am

From the West Indies / Caribbean,

all of my serissas are grown in full sun. They like a freely draining soil and when happy, a very weak [ 1/3 strength ] fertilizer once a week added into moist soil.
I allow them to flower for 1 month and then cut back beyond the flowering mass.

No problems to report, easy shrub to grow.
Best to you.
Khaimraj

* Try to grow from cuttings and learn with at least 5 plants.

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