French Heather plant growing subshrub to shrub of the genus Erica also known as Heather plant or Erica hiemalis, French Heather perennial evergreen plant used as ornamental for the flowers and medical plant, grow in temperate climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 3-9, possible to grow in the right care in hardiness zone 10a
Leaves color green grow in pinnate like needle shape, leaf size 1-2 mm.
French Heather plant flowers
Flower color can be: pink or white, the shape it’s from close bell to trumpet in the size 1-3 mm, flowers grows in the end of the stem.
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How to grow French Heather plant – growing condition and care
Cold weather, humidity
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction – cutting possible by bending a branch over and covering it with soil, or by cutting, the cutting possible to put in water and switch the water every few days or put the stem in soil better peat soil and better to use root growth hormone, in both cutting methods better to do it spring season, keep high humidity and spray the plant with water.
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier to start from cutting
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Can be invasive, but more likely that won’t be
Recommended planting season?
Spring in hardiness zone 3, spring to summer in hardiness zone 4-7, spring to autumn in hardiness zone in 8-9a, all year in hardiness zone 9b-10a
Pests and diseases:
Whiteflies, mites, galls
Spring / Summer
How to prune:
Dead stems and for design
Size of the plant?
20-50cm, 8-20 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing
Average amount of water / Big amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Half Shade / Full Shade (But with light and possible to grow it in warm weather)
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Yes, it’s great solution in warm weather especially in the summer
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when grow in container, size 8-18 liter (2-5 gallon) average amount of water that needed, it’s to keep the soil moist consider to put mulch and can reduce vaporization of the water, every two years to switch soil in the pot don’t let the soil be rotten possible to switch just part of the soil, soil need to be well ventilated with good drainage, rich with organic matter, can us in potting mix or peat soil with perlite or vermiculite,
Summer / Autumn
General information about the flower
Pink or white flower, the shape it’s from close bell to trumpet in the size 1-3 mm, flowers grow in the end of the stem.
Erica x hiemalis