Growing Metasequoia (Gold Rush)

Latin Name Pronunciation: met-uh-seh-kwoy'uh 

This tall, deciduous conifer has fern-like needles and makes an impressive specimen tree for large properties.

Light: Grow Metasequoia in full sun.

Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil, but will prosper in most soils.

Watering: The key to getting your new shrub or tree off to a good start is moisture. Water thoroughly after planting, and keep a close eye on the plant over the following week. Then, give it a good soaking once a week during summer, unless rainfall is plentiful (more than 1″ per week). Established plants can generally get by on less water, but most grow best if the soil remains evenly moist.

Fertilizer: We recommend against fertilizing at planting time and during the first growing season in your garden. Plants need time to settle in before being pushed to grow. Most established plants grow best if fertilized with a light hand. Here at the Farm, we fertilize our specimen trees and shrubs just once—in early spring—with a light but even coverage of a balanced, granular fertilizer.

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