Plants

Calluna vulgaris

How to water calluna vulgaris

To properly irrigate calluna vulgaris, it is good to carefully check the substrate before proceeding. If the soil is still wet from the previous wetting, it is not necessary to proceed with further irrigation. The greatest risk is that of submerging the roots and causing them to rot with consequent death of the plant. Generally, the frequency of wetting is higher for plants grown in pots than for those grown outdoors. The use of calcareous water is important for the correct watering of calluna vulgaris . The necessary calcareous water can be simple rainwater specially collected. The frequency of wetting will tend to vary depending on the season, it will certainly be more frequent in summer than in winter.


The correct exposure of calluna vulgaris varies according to the type of cultivation of the plant. If it is grown in pots, it should be placed in a rather sunny place. If our plant is grown outdoors, a semi-shaded space is sufficient. The ideal environment for calluna vulgaris must be quite cool. As for the propagation of the plant, it is possible to proceed by seed in spring or by cutting at the end of summer. The cuttings should be taken in spring with carefully disinfected shears and then placed in a soil suitable for acidophilic plants mixed with coarse sand. Once the rooting process has taken place, it is possible to plant the new calluna vulgaris and choose whether to grow it in pots or outside.

How to fertilize calluna vulgaris


As far as the fertilization process of Calluna vulgaris is concerned, it is possible to proceed in two different ways: if you choose to fertilize the plant with a slow release granular fertilizer, it is possible to proceed twice a year; if you want to fertilize Calluna vulgaris with a liquid fertilizer for flowering plants, it is good to fertilize every 21 days starting from the vegetative restart of the plant. The most suitable fertilizer must contain equal doses of the three basic chemicals: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Fertilization must be interrupted during the periods of vegetative rest which coincide with the coldest months. As for the soil, it is good that an acid soil with a pH of around 4.5-5.0 is provided to Calluna vulgaris. Furthermore,

Calluna vulgaris: Diseases and remedies


The disease that most commonly affects calluna vulgaris is leaf chlorosis. This pathology occurs when the plant is grown in too alkaline soil. Chlorosis manifests itself by yellowing or discoloration of the leaves all over the page and tends to inhibit growth and development. It is good to make sure that the substrate is of the right level of acidity for the growth of calluna vulgaris before proceeding with planting the plant. Another possible disease is root rot caused by excessive watering. In this case, root asphyxiation is generated which could result in the death of the plant. Finally, an excessively humid environment could favor the growth of fungal species on calluna vulgaris. In case you notice a infestation of this type it is good to proceed with antifungal products. As for pests or insects, calluna vulgaris is not attacked very easily.

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