You may remember my post from the Hartford Bonsai show about a month ago. At the time, I said that I had very few bonsai anymore because they limited my ability to travel.
This is one exception. This is Eugenia myrtifolia, or myrtle-leafed Eugenia. Occasionally in my part of the country, we see Eugenia sold as a tropical topiary. I guess in warmer places, it is a year-round topiary plant.
In my house, it has defied everyone’s attempt to kill it, even mine. It gets scale every winter. Sometimes, I clean the scale off; other times I wait until spring when it goes outside.
My erratic watering means it loses a lot of leaves once it comes inside. That’s fine. There’s less for the scale to attack.
If it gets too dry, it loses all its leaves. There are times when I have been sure that it has died. But in the spring, it leafs back out, and once August comes, it blooms.
I can’t tell you when it was last repotted. And you know that I don’t feed my plants.
It simply defies explanation–unlike the fiddle leaf fig you’ll see on Friday!