A native of South America, this fruit tree has a white flower that grow into a small, uniquely shaped, edible fruit.
Reminiscent of a brush cherry, this is a uniquely tropical fruiting tree that will give you tasty treats for a lifetime.
Bonus: The fruit is tasty with tons of uses.
It's also known as the Brazillian cherry, the Pitanga and the Cayenne Cherry.
When the outdoor lows are around 50 degrees F, place your Surinam cherry bonsai tree on a windowsill indoors. South facing is best, east or west is second best, and you should avoid north if you can (or just use an indoor grow light.)
When the temperatures are above 50 degrees, your
Surinam cherry tree can live outdoors.
It loves a TON of sun, so don't feel the need to protect it. Just ensure it's well watered.
If you need help, a good moisture meter will guide you.
When your Surinam cherry bonsai tree inside, using a humidity tray is recommended.It will prevent the water from running on the floor, and can help boost the humidity around the tree.
Since your Surinam cherry bonsai is in a small pot, and not the ground, it needs nutrients.A slow release (pellet based) fertilizer is perfect for this, and can be added sparingly every 1-2 months during the growing season.
If you plan on eating the cherries, you should stick with a fertilizer that you're comfortable putting on a food producing plant, but dilute it to at least half the recommended strength.
Pruning & Trimming
Trim back the new growth to the farthest safe point that looks good to you — but never remove all of the new growth.
A regular trim will help keep your Surinam cherrybonsai tree short, while helping the trunk grow thicker.
Repotting must be performed periodically on your bonsai, Surinam cherryincluded, when its root system has filled the pot.If you can clearly see the roots coming out of the bottom of the pot, it’s time to repot your bonsai.
Generally, this means every 2-3 years for a deciduous tree and every 4-5 years for an evergreen or tropical.
Repotting should be done in mid-summer, when the tree is at it’s least fragile state.
The acerola cherry bonsai tree, along with all of its soil, should be removed from the pot.From there, you can trim away no more than 1/3rd of the root mass (1/4th is preferred.)
Then you can repot the tree in the same pot, or give it a newer / bigger pot to thrive in.
After repotting, your Surinam cherrybonsai should be thoroughly watered.
Diseases, Insects & Other Pests
Your Surinam cherry bonsai can be treated for pests like a normal Surinam cherry tree.Just remember, your tree is miniature and will need a much smaller and more gentile dose of treatment.
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