Winter heather, also called Erica, is a beautiful cute plant that blooms throughout fall and winter.

A List of Winter heather facts

Name – Erica species
Family Ericaceae
Type heath plant, perennial

4 to 20 inches (10 to 50 cm)
Exposure full sun, part sun
Soil heath soil

Foliage evergreen
Flowering September to March

Caring for it is easy and it is guaranteed to produce a great decorative impact!

Planting winter heather

Winter heather (also called Erica heather) is best planted at the end of summer or during fall, and even in winter if it doesn’t freeze.

It is also possible to plant heather in spring as long as you can provide for regular watering over the first year after planting.

Water generously at the beginning, especially if it doesn’t rain, and if you can, add maritime pine bark mulch.

  • Unravel the roots that are at the base of the plant.
  • Let the bunch sit in water for a few minutes.
  • Add heath to your garden soil to guarantee proper plant development.
  • The Erica variety tolerates clay and even slightly chalky soil.
  • Growth is relatively slow, and heather will never grow higher than 16 inches (40 cm) tall.
  • Read more on how to plant heather plants.

Another possibility: potted winter heather

Thanks to its rather slow growth, Erica heath is very well suited to being grown in pots.

You’ll be surprised to see that this plant can stay for years in the same old 12 inch (30 cm)-deep pot.

  • Be careful though to water regularly, since soil dries up much faster in pots, especially in summer.

Pruning and caring for Erica heath

Erica heath is such an easygoing plant that it requires almost no care.

  • Prune lightly after blooming is over, without removing old growth.
  • Water in case of prolonged dry spells or heat waves.
  • Add special heath fertilizer in spring.

To regenerate your heath plant, which might grow sparse after a while, you can cut stems down to around 8 inches (20 cm), and repeat this every 3 to 4 years.

For potted Erica heath, it is recommended to add fertilizer every year.

Watering must not be forgotten, especially for potted plants; water as soon as the soil dries up.

All there is to know about Erica heath or heather

Erica heatherNative to South Africa, Erica heath is a short shrub that produces cute flowers grouped in umbels that bloom from fall to winter.

This perennial usually covers surfaces well which can be interesting, and its bushy appearance and abundant flowers will certainly make for a beautiful addition to your garden.

Even though it flowers for over 5 months every year, Erica heath only needs little care and adapts equally well to rocks, edges and embankments – and your garden boxes, too.

Indeed, balconies and terraces are perfect locations for this plant because growing in pots is ideal and its low maintenance requirements make it easy to care for.

It is perfect for heath flower beds, covering the ground, and in garden boxes and pot assemblies.

Erica is the plant that is also called winter heath, whereas summer heath, or Calluna vulgaris, is the plant that blooms in summer.

Smart tip about Erica heath

You can plant them together with camellias, rhododendrons or azaleas, so that only one spot in the garden needs to be kept acid instead of several.

Erica heath plants don’t like hard water, so if tap water is hard in your area, add a dash of vinegar or the juice from half a lemon in your watering can before water.

  • Alice Hager wrote on 14 May 2018 at 1 h 36 min

    I am new at this…and can use help! Just received from daughter in Nevada…beautiful!

    • Gaspard Lorthiois wrote on 14 May 2018 at 9 h 39 min

      That’s great, Alice! Heath plants are quite nice and once you get the soil acidity right, they’ll thrive!

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