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[Beginner issues] Serissa Variagata Bonsai - advice needed

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Post  sophielou Mon Aug 09, 2021 9:04 pm

Good evening all, just came across this forum hoping for some advice or help.

I recently purchased a new Serissa Variagata bonsai about a fortnight ago and have noticed 2 or 3 of the leaves are browning. It is kept indoors on a slightly sunny windowsill, I've been misting, watering and feeding when required. Here are some photos:

https://imgur.com/a/7VkyZel

https://imgur.com/a/sPjUi3G

Also unsure what to do with the "spindly shoots" at the base. These were in place when I bought the tree, any advice on these too would be fantastic.

Many thanks. cheers

sophielou
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Post  Marty Weiser Tue Aug 10, 2021 1:39 am

Serissa have a reputation as being temperamental about any change of their growing conditions up to dropping all of their leaves. If you are only seeing a few leaves brown in a fortnight you are doing quite well. Unless your house has very low humidity, I don't think I would mist. The spindly shoots at the base should be cut off since they will draw energy from the main tree. You can probably get them to root by sticking them in some moist potting soil and covering with with some clear plastic where they get bright, but not direct sunlight.

I am relaying what I have read on this forum over the past 30+ years regarding Serissa since i have never had one. Someone with actual experience may have more to say.

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