How to Keep Fukien Tea Tree Watered

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The Fukien tea tree is popular for bonsai because it easily develops a thick and knotted trunk, is evergreen, blooms frequently and has tiny lobed leaves. The trunk starts out thinner than desired for bonsai with young, light brown bark. As the plant ages, the trunk thickens slowly, turns a light gray color and develops an attractive cracked appearance. The dark green, glossy leaves are covered in with small hairs and keep their luster all year round. Each tiny leaf maintains its adorable size as the tree grows and is sculpted into a bonsai. Though small, the leaves of the Fukien tea tree make a thick, dense foliage in their prime. Because a bonsai is grown in porous soil, watering it regularly is an essential task to keep it healthy and thriving.

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Feel the soil with the palm of your hand. If it feels completely dry, it is time to water a fukien tea tree. If it is still slightly moist, don't water it at this time to avoid over-watering your plant. Check the soil later in the day or the next morning because it can dry out quickly.

Pour water at the base of the fukien tea tree until you see it drip out from the bottom. Wait a few minutes, then water it again in the same way. This double watering ensures the entire root ball gets watered.

Discard the water that accumulates in the plant's drainage dish.

Check the soil for moisture once or twice a day, especially in spring and summer to ensure the soil does not completely dry out. Look for signs of over- or under-watering and adjust your schedule as necessary.

Yellowing leaves may mean you're over-watering a fukien tea tree, and dark, limp leaves are signs of under-watering.

Apply any fertilizers after a watering to prevent root burn.