Outdoor bonsai

These are trees that, by their nature, must be placed outside, ideal for balconies, gardens and terraces

Metasequoia

Family

Taxidiaceae

Origin

Native of the Sichuan-Hubei region of China

Etymology

The prefix “meta” comes from the Greek “close” with which Metasequoia mean “Near Sequoias”.

Metasequoia

Characteristics

Deciduous tree with reddish bark. Leaves ending in point, alternate, linear and arranged in two rows, pale green – yellow. male flowers forming long panicles.


Place

In the outside all year. Protect against extreme frosts in winter.


Irrigation

Abundant, especially in summer. Reduce watering when the tree has lost its leaves; tolerates some degree of water saturation of the substrate.


Fertilization

Spring and autumn, reduce the dose in the summer.

Transplant

Every 2-3 years in early spring.

Substratum

100% Akadama or mixed with up to 30% of volcanic gravel. It is not an overly demanding plant in substrate quality.


Pruning and nipping

Pruning

From October to March, when the plant has no leaves. Cut the buds coming out at the base of the trunk.

Nipping

Throughout the growing season. The tender buds intersect generally with fingers, before they harden.

Fencing

Between the spring and summer. Remove ligatures when the shell begins to be affected. Do not wire recently re-potted trees (Wait 4 months of vegetative growth).


Curiosities

The genus Metasequoia has only one living species, Metasequoia Glyptostroboides, but there are other as fossils that were found in many areas of the northern hemisphere, from Axel Heiberg Island (North of Canada) to the West located at Badlands of North Dakota in the US.


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