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Care of the plant Lophomyrtus x ralphii or New Zealand myrtle.

Care of the plant Lophomyrtus x ralphii or New Zealand myrtle

The genus Lophomyrtus, family Myrtaceae, includes 2 species of shrubs or trees native to New Zealand. The species are: Lophomyrtus bullata (Ramarama) and Lophomyrtus obcordata (Rohutu).

Common name: New Zealand myrtle. It's a hybrid between the two species mentioned above.

They are evergreen shrubs with a rounded shape and slow growth, reaching 3 meters in height. The interesting foliage is made up of small green, bronze, purple, brown and dark red leaves, depending on the variety. They produce small white flowers that bloom in summer. The fruits are black berries.

They are used in pots for terraces and patios, to form bushy groups (along with Rhododendrons and Azaleas) and as isolated specimens.

Lophomyrtus x ralphii prefers semi-shade exposure in very hot summer climates (Mediterranean climate) and direct sun exposure in cooler climates. They resist frost down to -9 ºC.

They need well-drained soil, light and rich in humus. Planting is done in spring or autumn.

Water regularly so that the substrate does not dry out completely. Water frequently during the first year until the plants are established.

Fertilize in late winter with compost and mineral fertilizer every 30 days during spring and the first half of summer.

These easy-to-grow plants can be lightly pruned in the fall to keep them compact.

They are plants resistant to the most common pests and diseases.

They propagate in autumn by cuttings.

Images of the plant Lophomyrtus x ralphii or New Zealand myrtle

Lophomyrtus x ralphii
Lophomyrtus x ralphii
Lophomyrtus x ralphii
Lophomyrtus x ralphii
Lophomyrtus x ralphii
 

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