How to grow French heather

French Heather plant grow and care – 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

Pruning season:
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

Water requirement:
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 indoor 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,

Blooming information

Bloom season:
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.

Scientific name:

Erica x hiemalis

How to grow French heather

French heather


Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Summer flowers
  • Winter flowers
Flower colors
  • Pink flower
  • White flower
  • Temperate Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
  • Subshrub
Plant Uses
  • Indoor plants
  • Medical uses
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Big amount of water
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 3
  • Hardiness zone 4
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9