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BONSAI LECCIO - QUERCUS ILEX

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QUERCUS ILEX

Common Name: LECCIO - Family: FAGACEAE

ORIGIN:

Il Leccio belongs to the Querce family spread throughout the Mediterranean basin from the coastal areas up to about 700 meters. It is a very long-lived evergreen plant and in our country there are specimens that even reach 1000 years. The leaves are dark green, leathery with a toothed edge, and their fruit is acorns that will very rarely be seen on a bonsai.

PRUNING:

Shorten the taproot gradually at each repotting, always trying to leave a good part of the root system formed by the capillaries; in the case of drastic transplants, defoliate the plant to avoid high transpiration. In winter it will be possible to carry out more drastic pruning and at other times of the year to shorten the new hunts to 2/3 internodes.

REPOT:

Every 2-3 years in late winter-early spring, while the buds are swollen and about to open. Use 60% soil , 30% coarse sand and 10% peat .

WATERING:

It is a plant that tolerates drought very well, but it does not mean watering it very little, the watering must be regulated by almost every day. in the summer to almost nothing in the winter. In any case, let the soil dry well between one watering and the other.

FERTILIZATION:

During spring and autumn, preferably with organic fertilizer, interrupting in midsummer and midwinter.

EXPOSURE:

Heliophilous plant (lover of the sun), it must be protected during the winter only in cases of temperatures well below 0 °, and exposed to full sun throughout the rest of the year. Shade the plant only in the hottest moments of midsummer days.

BINDINGS:

Make the bindings from spring to autumn, protecting the bark.

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