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METROSIDEROS umbellata 'Gold Nugget'
Commonly known as Southern rata
Smallish golden yellow leaves and crimson flowers
Evergreen - leaves have thin, orange-red edges
Height - 2-3m (6½-10ft)
Spread - 2-3m (6½-10ft)
Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F) - when established
Will grow outside in milder locations - This could include plants which would survive happily in a greenhouse or conservatory if not in a mild location. If you have a sheltered spot in your garden then it may do well here.
Full sun - very sheltered
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - under glass - scale insects
Place of origin - New Zealand
Garden Location/Conditions - Greenhouse / conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter - use loam-based compost (JI No. 2) in full light with shade from hot sun
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Leaf colour (if not green) - Gold
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - moderately fertile. Humus-rich
Neutral to acid soil
Metrosideros - Growing Guide
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Vermin & Pest Control
SB Plant Invigorator
This is a non-biological non-chemical plant insecticide and mildewcide. Works against the physical motion of the insect. Perfect for all plants and edible crops.
Slate Plant Labels
These wonderfully tactile natural slate plant labels are hand made in Cornwall and come with a chalk pen. Just stick them in your pot or border. Pack of 6.
Slate Tie-on Plant Labels
Hand made in Cornwall, these delightful natural slate labels are perfect for pots. Comes with chalk pen. Pack of 5
Max/Min Digital Thermometer
Thermometer which displays current temperature in the centre, with Max above and min below. Suitable for use outdoors or in the greenhouse / conservatory. With batteries included