Ironwood tree (Metrosideros excelsa)

Ironwood tree (Metrosideros excelsa)

Description: Ironwood tree occurs in New Zealand, but nowadays it also grows in Australia and Polynesia. It is called there New Zealand Christmas tree, because in nature it only blooms at Christmas time. Here it is a flowering potted plant in summer. Eisenholzbaum belongs to the family of witch hazel plants. This shrub is related to the cylinder cleaner. Small, oval and green leaves are arranged close to shoots. Flowers are similar to the flowers of the cylinder cleaner. They have reddish dust bags that protrude from the throat of the flower.

Care: Due to the fact that the ironwood tree comes from the family witch hazel plants, should be in bright and sunny location. It is watered abundantly and fertilized regularly with a fertilizer for flowering plants (every 7-10 days). In summer it can be in a sunny spot in the garden, also on a balcony or a terrace. When grown in the apartment, he should have moist air. He loves a porous, light substrate. It branches very easily, so it is ideal for people who are afraid to cut plants. The iron tree should spend the winter in a bright, cool room with a temperature of about 6 degrees.

Propagation: Plants grown from seeds will flower at 10 years after sowing. Plants from cuttings bloom earlier and have a more branched habit.

Diseases and pests: It is very resistant, even if the content of lime in the soil is too high.

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