The Snow Rose (Serissa Japonica) is an exquisite Bonsai. Known for its year-round blossoming white flowers and intricate and interesting root structure, this a very desirable Bonsai.
Grown mainly outdoors in the tropics, in Canada, the Snow Rose will do very well indoors. The Snow Rose does enjoy lots of sunlight, but be careful not to place it too close to a window where the temperature fluctuations can have a negative effect on the Snow Rose. If you cannot provide the Snow Rose with 8-10 hours of sunlight a day (not direct sunlight), then consider purchasing a small inexpensive grow light to supplement natural light.
The Snow Rose is quick to express its satisfaction with flowers or it's dissatisfaction by turning its leaves yellow and maybe even shedding them. If the Snow Rose is not happy, check the location of the Bonsai and make sure it's getting enough light and the temperature is stable. When watering, make sure the soil is almost dry and then give the Snow Rose a good long drink. (See our watering instructions here).
Being a vigorous grower, the Snow Rose does very well with pruning and training. Check the pot every 1-2 years to see if the Bonsai has become pot bound and requires re-potting.
These are not seeds - But Actual Bonsai Tree
Please see our Choosing a Bonsai page, for the age and dimensions regarding the different stages of our Bonsai (Baby, Young, & Mature).
It is important for the soil have good water retention while also draining well, along with very good aeration. The quality of the soil directly affects the health, size and growth of your tree. One of the worst things you can do to your tree is plant it in regular garden soil. Garden soil hardens when it drys and can often lead to a disadvantage when growing a Bonsai.
Soil mixtures can be purchased here, but given their weight and cost of shipping, you can also easily make your own.
Depending on the type of Bonsai you're growing, here are the general formulas for successful mixtures.
Deciduous Tree (Leafy and looses leafs in the fall)
10% Potting Compost
Coniferous Tree (Evergreen like Juniper, Cedar)
If you are not able to check on your Bonsai's moisture levels daily, add more Akadama to the mix.
Given how these soils erode over time, repotting every 2-3 years is required.
Here are some suitable replacements if you cannot find the recommended types of soil.
- Akadama - fine fired or baked clays, some even recommend cat litter as a substitute.
- Pumice - fine crushed aggregates, expanded shale and vermiculite.
- Lava Rock - This can be replaced with fine gravel or you can also look into purchasing a larger lava rock at a hardware or gardening centre and crushing it.
One of the best and easiest ways to fertilize your Bonsai, is to add a liquid fertilizer mix when water your Bonsai's once a month during the spring/summer. If your Bonsai looses leaves in the winter there is no need to fertilize it then. If you have a coniferous tree, fertilizing the tree once in the beginning of winter and once in the middle of winter should be sufficient.