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Winter Heath in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Erica carnea

 

Winter Heath

Erica carnea is grown as an ornamental plant for its winter flowering. It is a hardy, lime-tolerant species which flowers in late spring however, the carnea cultivars generally flower between mid-winter and mid-spring. They are frequently seen in planting schemes as massed groundcover. They can also be grown in tubs or window boxes to provide interest through autumn and into winter.

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plant Features
  • Winter Heath likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Winter Heath likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Winter Heath is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Winter Heath likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Winter Heath

Latin name

Erica carnea

type

Shrub

family

Ericaceae

ph

5.0 - 6.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Winter Heath likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Winter Heath is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Winter Heath likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Winter Heath likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
  •  
    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Winter Heath is 0.50meters x 0.30meters 0.50 M 0.30 M

Erica carnea

Erica carnea is grown as an ornamental plant for its winter flowering. It is a hardy, lime-tolerant species which flowers in late spring however, the carnea cultivars generally flower between mid-winter and mid-spring. They are frequently seen in planting schemes as massed groundcover. They can also be grown in tubs or window boxes to provide interest through autumn and into winter.


Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Late Autumn

Plant in spring or during autumn. Set the plants deeply so that the whole of the stem is buried and the foliage rests on the soil. On dry soil, add peat round the roots.

 

Propagation by cuttings

From Mid Summer TO Late Autumn

Take semi- ripe cuttings from this season's growth in Autumn. Cut neatly, just below a leaf node, a 5" approx. piece of a healthy shoot that has soft growth at the tip. pinch out the growing tip, and cut off the bottom leaves. Dip the bottom of the cutting in hormone rooting powder, and carefully place in a pot of cutting compost with the leaves just above the level of the compost. Water, label, cover with a polythene bag, and place in a warm, bright place, out of direct sunlight. Take the polythene bag off periodically for a while for ventilation (at least twice a week)

 

Flowering Season

From Late Winter TO Early Spring

The flowers are produced in racemes in late winter to early spring,and often starting to flower while the plant is still covered in snow. The individual flower is a slender bell-shape.

 
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