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Please see the new 2020 bonsai care sheet for taking care of your Tree of a Thousand Stars/Snowrose indoor bonsai tree – Serissa foetida 

The Serissa foetida bonsai tree is a very pretty, delicately proportioned indoor bonsai, which has small elongated leaves which are smooth around the edges. The bark has great character and is a beautiful beige colour and is often flaky and textured giving the appearance of age. The added bonus being the beautiful star-shaped small white flowers experienced during mid-late summer. The Serissa is commonly known as The tree of a Thousand Stars bonsai or Snowrose Bonsai Tree. Please protect from frost. Ideal as an indoor bonsai.

Watering your Tree of a Thousand Stars

Watering is a lovely and essential part of bonsai tree care. It is a simple, yet vital part of growing bonsai and only takes a few seconds. We recommend whilst you are learning to check the soil daily. If the soil is wet or very damp, please do not water your bonsai. When the soil starts to firm and feels barely damp to the touch, water well by either standing the bonsai in water for a few minutes or by pouring water over the soil surface to re-wet the root ball evenly.


Misting the leaves of your Cuphea bonsai is not essential, but does enhance the growth during winter months in particular. In winter, when the heating is on, the air can get dry and misting will increase humidity and encourage growth.


Feeding bonsai trees is good practice. The bonsai rely on us to provide the nutrients and trace elements they need. A well balanced bonsai feed, such as Bonsai Direct Fertiliser, will maintain healthy and beautiful trees and promote growth, fruiting and flowering.

5 replies

  1. Hi there,

    I recently was given a serissa as a gift. Upon receiving it I noticed a few things:
    Namely, that it isn’t actually wired down, it’s kind of loosely sitting in the pot.
    So my question is, does it need to be repotted? Were all the roots trimmed before it’s sent out? In which case, should I just add more soil? Or do I need to fork out the root ball and give it an overhaul just in time for summer?
    It will be living inside, close to a window, also.
    Please help!
    Thanks in advance,

    1. Dear Adam,
      Thank you for your enquiry. Bonsai only need wiring into the pot following re-potting.
      Once, well rooted the wire can be removed.
      If we have supplied the bonsai, then the Serissa will not need root pruning or re-potting until next summer.
      Always re-pot during the warmer summer months for indoor bonsai.
      Obviously, if the soil level drops you can add more soil, but it is nice to have at least 0.5cm lip, below the top of the pot, to act as a watering reservoir.
      I hope this helps,
      kind regards

      1. Thanks for the quick response, Sarah!

        So, what you’re saying is, the bonsai doesn’t need to be wired?
        Not so much about the wiring for shaping the tree, but more about wiring it to keep it in the pot.
        I did get the plant through you guys, which is why I thought I better ask.
        It’s a concern because at the end of the day, the soil is usally quite dry, and sometimes shrinks away from the edges of the pot. Making it look like it could fall over. Which is why I’m thinking either re-pot in to something larger, or take it out to wire the roots and put in some topsoil.
        Thanks again,

      2. Hi Adam,
        Yes, you are correct. The roots only need to be wired into the pot for a few weeks/months after re-potting. This helps the bonsai to establish roots into the new soil more quickly and is more important on outdoor bonsai – where they could be blown out of their pots.
        Once the roots are firm the wire can be removed.
        The wire will do nothing to help with watering – it is purely an anchor.
        I would expect the bonsai to be dry at the end of warm days – you can soak by standing the bonsai in the sink and covering the pot with water for 5 mins.
        The only thing which will reduce the frequency of watering is the size of the pot (and the temperature!). A larger pot would help but is not essential. I hope this helps
        kind regards

      3. That’s great, thanks Sarah!

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