Type and Care

Asked December 13, 2015, 3:41 PM EST

I bought this bonsai tree. I was told it was a climbing bug bane. However, this bonsai does not appear like the bug banes I see in books or online. Can you identify this tree? Also, I'm wondering about fertilizing and how often to water.

Outside United States plant identification bonsai

1 Response

This is a Trachelospermum plant. You will want to prune it hard to get the stunted growth most bonsai growers prefer. Water, fertilizer, and pruning are very specialized when forcing a plant to grow so small. You'll find some good advice online and in books on the subject. Check for clubs or interest groups in your area, as neighbors who share the hobby are a source of information correct for where you live.