Position: The sageretia likes a semi-shaded place outside during the warm summer, but it can also be kept indoors all year round. Indoors it should be placed at a window facing south or west, but it needs protection
from intense sunlight. In winter the tree must be placed in the house or a heated conservatory at temperatures between 53° F / 12° C and 72° F / 22° C. The warmer the position the more light is needed. Grow lights can help. Try to provide high
Watering: Keep the rootball moist, but not waterlogged. Don't let the roots dry out completely because the sageretia's leaves and twigs dessicate quickly and the whole tree can die easily from lack of water. This can happen if watering is
forgotten only once! The sageretia prefers a slightly acidic or neutral pH value, so avoid using very calcareous water. The tree likes high humidity and for that reason it is a good idea to often spray the foliage with lime-free water.
solid organic fertilizer every four weeks or use a liquid fertilizer every week during the growing season. In winter, in a cool place, fertilize once a month on moist soil with a liquid fertilizer, or every two weeks if the tree is kept in a warm place.
Pruning and wiring: The sageretia's shoots can be trimmed back to 2 leaves all year round. Frequent trimming of the shoots helps to develop a good ramification. Healthy trees backbud very willingly if you have to do some more substantial pruning. Don't
trim the sageretia in late summer if you want flowers and fruit to develop. Young branches and shoots can be wired in spring. Older branches are stiff and it is hardly possible to bend them. When the basic branch structure has been established, there won't
be much necessity to wire old branches, though.
Repotting: Repot the sageretia every two years and use a standard soil mix which should retain enough water but at the same time offer good drainage. The sageretia takes root pruning well, up to one third
of the root mass can be removed. Choose slightly larger pots than normal to avoid fast drying out.
Propagation: The sageretia can be propagated from softwood and hardwood cuttings. Those root easily during the growing season.
Pests and diseases:
Aphids or white fly can attack the sageretia. Use a specific pesticide and try to increase humidity. In rare cases mildew can occur. Then use a specific fungicide tand ry to improve air circulation. If the leaves turn pale green with darker veins the tree
might need extra ferric fertilizer and less calcareous water. Brown leaf tips indicate overwatering.