The Madrone usually doesn't have temperature problems during this time of year, because it can bear freezings although not too intense ones. During the winter months we can cover a portion of the soil near the roots with dry leaves or other mulch tissue; in this manner we will protect the plant from the harsh climate.For a balanced development, it is best to position the The Madrone in a place where it is exposed to at least a few hours of direct sunlight.
The Madrone develops like a tree. This plant in the winter assumes a red colouring; it is medium in size and can reach 8 m high. It keeps its leaves in the winter. Growing they develop a round-shape shrub.
Letís remember to fertilize our shrubs often; we can fertilize enriching our soil with manure, at the end of the winter; or we can give it a fertilizer for flowering plants, every 20-25 days, when watering. If the shrubs are large or cover a large area, we can use a slow release granular fertilizer, to be used every 3-4 months. In the spring letís favour fertilizers rich in nitrogen and potassium, to favour the development of a new vegetation and of flowerings.
We suggest watering these plants only from time to time, but we must remember to wet the soil deeply using 1-2 buckets of water every 2-3 weeks . Concerning those specimens grown in vases, let's remember that usually they need more watering, compared to the same shrubs placed in the ground. Moreover, they are often more sensible to temperatures, either very high or very low, and to radical apparatus diseases.
These shrubs favour a soft and deep, but well drained soil.
Notes - Madrone
The Madrone produces fruits. The indications given in this article are related to a medium size plant.