Gardening

Veronica, small shrub with great flowering

Verónica (Hebe x Franciscana) also known as Hebe . It belongs to the Scrophulariaceae family, being a hybrid, native to New Zealand, Oceania and South America (although today they are spread throughout the world and one of the main producers is Holland) It is made up of about 150 species between trees and shrubs evergreen.

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Veronica Characteristics

Small woody shrub, 50 cm high and 60 cm wide. It is a plant with dense foliage, with small evergreen leaves, opposite, oval, variegated, green and cream in color. Depending on the variety, they can flower in early summer or fall. It has flowers that form compact spikes at the end of the twigs, they are showy and full of color. Among them are red, pink, white and purple.

Veronica’s care

It is a useful species for adorning the front of a border, for window boxes and flower pots.

It should be placed in a very bright place, avoiding direct sun in the central hours of the day. While in the winter it should also receive a little light.

It cannot bear the cold, so in the winter it should be at a temperature of 10˚C. In cold climates it should be sheltered indoors (cool and bright).

In addition, it requires slightly damp, but well-drained soils. Although it accepts poor or moderately fertile soils.

Irrigation should be in the development period, but it is important to avoid waterlogging so as not to damage the plant.

The fertilizer must be every fifteen days until summer enters. It is best to incorporate a mineral fertilizer mixed with irrigation so that it can develop vigorously.

Flowering and maintenance pruning is in late winter. For this it is necessary to cut 2/5 buds from the intersection of the branches. In addition, dry or poorly located branches should be removed.

The multiplication can be by cuttings in the summer with a substrate temperature of 20 to 22˚C, or by division of bushes or seeds.

It is a plant resistant to garden pests, so it is rarely attacked by one of them.

What do you think? Have you seen it? If so, tell us more about it. But if not, do not worry that you are time to acquire it and corroborate all its beauty, at the end of the day it will be able to impose itself in that green space or garden.

 

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