garmy yo
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Fukien Tea rescue project

I found this poor, neglected Fukien Tea Tree at a local garden store this morning. It was hidden in the back row of bonsai starter plants, half buried under dead leaves. I don't think any water had reached it in a while. I checked the cambium at the base of the trunk and it was bright green, and it has a couple leaf buds starting to poke out near the top. So I am fairly confident that it will revive to a healthy potensai. They sold it to me for half off; I was hopping for more of a discount, but I can't complain.
The soil wasn't too bad. Mostly potting soil with some pine bark and sand. I removed most of that, trimmed some of the larger roots, and replanted in a mix of granite grit and sphagnum moss.
I will post a new photo in a few weeks to show how it is coming along.
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AnnaIkona
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Re: Fukien Tea rescue project

I can see it had some tiny branches string to grow! Congats! You saved it! :-()
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garmy yo
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Re: Fukien Tea rescue project

It's only been a week and a half and the little Fukien is bursting with new leaves. I am amazed at how resilient this species is.
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garmy yo
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Re: Fukien Tea rescue project

Update:
It doesn't seem like much for 7 months of growth, but she has been trimmed back a lot and she is healthy and happy..
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AnnaIkona
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Re: Fukien Tea rescue project

How beautiful!
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