Descriptions

Heather care

Heather care

There are more than 800 varieties of heather and almost all come from South Africa, although it is possible to find it in much of Europe, especially in Ireland. It belongs to the Erica family and according to its origin and variety its size varies greatly. It can be a shrub that reaches up to 20 meters high, such as the tree Erica or white erica that we can find in the Canary Islands, or a
Small plant like the ones we usually have at home, which can measure 30 cm. It is a perennial plant, but indoors it is treated almost as annual, since with heating it is difficult to resist from one year to the next. Although dry it is also very beautiful and is used a lot to make centers. Its woody stems have very small and hard intense green leaves. Its flowers, flared and more or less small, are gathered very abundantly at the end of its thin branches and are pink or light lilac, white, and in some cases, roses with white edges. In general, it is not difficult to maintain it if you always try to keep the substrate moist and if it is irrigated with water that is not hard.
When does it bloom?
In general it blooms at the end of autumn and throughout the winter, but if we keep it in cool areas it can bloom during almost all seasons of the year.
What type of soil do you need?
The best is a soil with an acidic pH. The most suitable is that which is composed of blond peat and sand.
When is the best time to prune?
If we want to keep it in perfect condition from one year to another, the ideal is to prune just after flowering and take the plant outside only from May to September, never do it before.
What type of pot is the most suitable?
The most suitable are plastic pots because they retain more moisture than clay or mud.
What is the ideal place to have it at home?
The best place will be far from heating, because with too much heat the leaves fall off, and where it receives enough light. It is even recommended that
Give him enough sun.