How to grow Gaura

Gaura plant grow and care – herbaceous of the genus Gaura also known as Beeblossom, Gaura perennial evergreen or deciduous in colder climate, can be biennial or annual, used as ornamental drought tolerant plant, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropics, temperate or tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 4+.

Leaves color green, rarely purple, in elliptic shape with serrated edges.

Gaura flower

Flower color white, pink, white with pink or white with red, the size 2-3 cm with 4-5 petals that grow in clusters.

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How to grow Gaura growing and care:

Mulch, well-drain soil, sandy soil

How to care:
Prune once a year and consider to put fertilizer at least once a year, in location with a lot of rains no need for mulch

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant – careful with roots very sensitive / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction – cutting season in the spring, possible in water or direct to the soil, need some humidity and moist soil, do not over water

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but it easy to start from cutting and can ensure the color of the flowers

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Invasive, aggressive

Recommended planting season?
Spring – hardiness zone 4-6, spring-summer in hardiness zone 7-10a, spring-autumn in hardiness zone 10b-11a, possible all year in hardiness zone 11b+

How to plant:
Planting in location with good drainage, better sandy soil and in rainy location better to grow above the ground level and use raising bad

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, whitefly

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
For design, better to prune when finish to bloom it induce more flowers

Size of the plant:
0.4-1.5 m, 16-60 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing – in order to grow fast, full sun, long summer season, good drainage / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water (with good drainage), doesn’t like over water, in case of a lot rains need to create raised bed in order to prevent flood.

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun – blooming performance will be best result / Half Shade – will bloom less but the leaves will look better and won’t be just flowers on stems

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
No

Growing is also possible in a pot, planter, flowerpot, containers:
Yes, when growing in pots need to choose container that will be 70-130% bigger than the roots ball, choose minimum 5-8L but bigger better and in order to keep the plant in small need to cut the roots that will be place to re-grow again, drainage of the soil it’s important, but after few years drainage of the soil not function the same so need to change it to new soil, and in order to have good drainage possible to use potting mix, cactus potting mix or sandy soil, it’s not must possible to put in the bottom of the pot little rocks like: gravel, lava rocks or pebbles to keep good drainage.

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Most of the year

General information about the flower:
White, pink, white with pink or white with red flower, mostly with pink sepals from the outer side, the size 2-3 cm with 4-5 petals that grow in clusters.

How to grow Gaura from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Light moist soil, full sun

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dark and dry location

Sowing season:
Spring

How to plant:
Plant it in sandy soil, the drainage

Planting spacing:
30*40cm (12-16 inches) direct, to transplant 3*4cm (1.2*2.2 inch)

Depth of Sowing:
0.5-1cm (0.25-0.5 inch)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Full sun with temperature above 25C (77F)

Watering requires for Seeds:
Big amount of water (the plants germinate after big amount of rains

Germination time:
2-8 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Moist soil with average amount of water, after the 5th leaf reduce the amount of water

Scientific name:

Gaura

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