Metrosideros

Metrosideros

Life form Shrub, tree
Family Myrtaceae
Origin Australia, New Zealand, Polynesia, Cape South Africa
Ease of cultivation Medium difficulty
The size Can reach a height of 1.5-2 m in room conditions
Growth rate It grows rather slowly
Lifespan Perennial
Temperature In summer, prefers room temperature, a cool ventilated room, in winter, preferably a cool content on the veranda at a temperature of 41-50 ° F. Otherwise metrosideros may not bloom.
Humidity High humidity is not required, Metrosideros tolerates dry air and good ventilation. However, it is desirable to spray in the summer every 2-3 days.
Lighting A sunny place, a few hours of direct sunshine a day. Under insufficient illumination metrosideros will not bloom.
The soil Ready-made rich weakly acidic primer is suitable for general use. Soil homemade take 1 part sod land, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part of moist peat or humus, 1 part ground sheet. Good drainage and a pot with a hole is required.
Watering Watering with soft water in summer once a week, but very abundantly, and in winter every 8-10 days. The substrate should dry slightly between waterings. Metrosideros is sufficiently drought-resistant and does not tolerate stagnation of moisture.
Fertilizer From spring to autumn every 2 weeks with complex fertilizer without lime. It is good to use organic fertilizers
Reproduction The apical half-aged cuttings from August to March at a soil temperature of at least 68 ° F. Cuttings 5-8 cm long are cut from the side shoots. The lower leaves are cut off, the cut is processed with corn root. Plant cuttings in a mixture of peat and sand and cover with a film. Root at room temperature. After rooting, they are planted separately.Metrosideros blooms in 2.5-3 years.Can be propagated by seeds, sowing is carried out in March. They are sown to the surface of the substrate from peat and sand, the top is lightly sprinkled with soil, covered with polyethylene and germinated in diffuse light at a temperature of not less than 69,8 ° F. In this case the plant will blossom in 3-4 years or later.
Bloom In April-May, flowers without petals appear in red stamens. Spicule inflorescences up to 5-15 cm long resemble a dishwashing brush.
Transfer Young – every year, as far as braiding the roots of an earthy coma, in the spring, as soon as new leaves appear. When the plant reaches a large size, it is enough only to change the top layer of the soil.
Features of care For the summer it is good to take the plant in the garden. The plant is well branched and without formation, sometimes pruning is required if the plant is stretched too quickly.
Difficulties It is affected by mealybug, scab, aphids, thrips and spider mites. Metrosiderosa leaves can dry out from excessive watering or from a large number of fertilizers in the soil.
Air cleaning
Toxicity Non-toxic


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