Question: Carmona wilted bonsai flowers
Hi, I'm Angela and I bought a Carmona Microphilla bonsai in April this year. I put specific soil for bonsai and water and regularly fertilize the plant. This month he started giving me white flowers, but unfortunately they wilt after 2 days. I believed that IOC was linked to the fact that I sprayed the leaves and then for a couple of days I put the water only in the soil but nothing to do, 2 days and the flowers wither. What can I do to solve the problem? What can it be? Thanks in advance for the answers.
Answer: Withered Carmona bonsai flowers
congratulations for your Carmona, it is a shrub of Asian origin, and it is not always easy for a bonsaista to maintain a good carmona in health, due to the climate that often turns out to be excessively dry, especially during the summer months. The good health of your carmona is manifested by the flowering, which many bonsaists consider a chimera, as they have never managed to get it on their small plants. Having said that, I have bad news for you: Carmona has a very short flowering; surely the vaporization of the foliage leads to a premature deterioration of the flowers, but in any case, from the bud to the withered flower in general about 2-3 days pass. In fact, the carmona specimens are not cultivated to enjoy their flowering, given that the flowers are very small, and of short duration; it is usually chosen for the beautiful shiny foliage, and only occasionally for the tiny purple berries that follow the flowering. There are other flowering bonsai trees, which can offer longer flowering and greater satisfaction. Those who love flowers, and protracted or very showy blooms, generally choose azaleas or rhododendrons, or even beautiful lagerstroemias, which bloom throughout the summer. For the showy spring blooms there are the prunus and the blooming apple trees, but also in this case, from the buds to the withered flowers often it does not pass more than a week. For apartment bonsai, gardenias are very popular, they bring their fragrant flowers for several weeks. Among the deciduous plants chaenomeles (or Japanese quince) or even the quince are definitely among the most spectacular, also because they often produce their pink flowers before the plant begins to produce spring leaves.