Plant Care Serissa Foetida

Serissa Foetida

3.6 out of 5 (7 experiences)

Serissa Foetida has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Serissa Foetida

Snowrose is an evergreen or semi-evergreen deciduous shrub in the Coffee family native to sub-tropical woodlands, streambanks and wet meadows in southeast Asia. It grows 2-4 feet tall and slightly wider with stiff branches covered in small glossy leaves and many white flowers. It requires consistent moisture in fertile well-drained soils in partial sun to partial shade.


Serissa japonica

Also known as

Snowrose, Snowrose, Serissa, Tree of a thousand stars, Japanese boxthorn, Serissa foetida, Snow Rose Bonsai and Serissa foetida

How to care for Serissa Foetida


How often to water your Serissa Foetida

Water needs for Serissa Foetida
0.5 cups
every 9

Serissa Foetida needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Serissa Foetida

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Snowrose in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Serissa Foetida: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Serissa Foetida may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Serissa Foetida

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Serissa Foetida: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Serissa Foetida after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Serissa Foetida is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Serissa Foetida

Serissa Foetida

Serissa Foetida

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Serissa Foetida has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Serissa Foetida has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Serissa Foetida has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Serissa Foetida has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Serissa Foetida has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Alliet avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 865 XP

I had no idea what plant I bought when I got this plant. I was not ready for commitment of a bonsai tree. It’s probably going to die

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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 20 XP
globe Punggol, Singapore

It’s super sensitive & browns easily. I hvnt learnt how to care for it

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