trumanjase
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Should I dead head flowers on a carmona bonsai?

do i dead head the dead flowers? on a carmona bonsai tree. tree is very healthy! would appreciate someones help on this question thank u :D
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kdodds
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They'll make berries, but that flowering and fruiting will take energy from the rest of the tree. Most of the time you want to prevent flowering in iffy species or when you want to encourage other growth. Dead-heading now, after they've bloomed out, is not such an issue. Is this tree being kept indoors or out?

trumanjase
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its being kept indoors, flourishing in its location in windowsill just hope it stays that way!
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Yeah, and for your sake, I hope so too. Just don't let it go completely dry and when you repot, do it as gently as possible, avoiding heavy root pruning if at all possible.

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Ugh, hit send too soon...

Fukien Teas are one of the iffiest species indoors, so much so that any beginner can easily be told, "prepare for the death of your tree". And, probably 999 times out of 1000, the person saying that is spot on. Actually, it's probably a lot worse than that even.

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