Heath plants love acidic, cool and well-drained soil. Planting is an important phase in the life of a plant.
After having been grown in a container in a nursery, your plant will move to a new environment to which it must adapt.
Carefully follow each of the steps sequenced below.
This will guarantee that your heath plant will grow beautifully!
Planting heath plants
- Dig a hole 4 to 5 times wider than the clump of the plant you are transferring. Usually heath trees and shrubs are sold in containers about 6 to 10 inches across (15 to 25 cm).
Hole diameter Hole depth Trees 32 inches (80 cm) 40 inches (1 m) Shrubs 24 inches (60 cm) 20 inches (50 cm)
- Break up the soil that was dug out, removing rocks and pieces of wood.
- Mix this soil with heath soil (⅓ soil to ⅔ heath soil).
- Let the clump sit in a bucket of water for a few minutes to re-hydrate soil and roots.
- Carefully run your fingers or a tool to untangle the roots without wounding them, since they usually tend to cross over each other.
- At the bottom of the hole, place a little bit of granulated organic heath plant fertilizer.
- Place your plant in the hole, carefully spreading the roots out along the bottom. If the soil is very chalky, place a felt mat at the bottom of the hole to create a pocket of heath soil.
- Fill the remaining space in the hole with heath soil.
- Lightly compact the soil
- Water abundantly
Smart tip for heath plants
For trees or shrubs that are over 40 inches (1 m) tall, you must stake them!
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Common summer heather
Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden under © CC0 1.0 (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Common heather by Bru-nO, Hydrangea by A_Knop, Magnolia by Hans, Japanese maple by FlorianJung, Escallonia by JaneTheArtsyOtternut, Heather by _Alicja_, Skimmia by MabelAmber, Azalea by KIMDAEJEUNG, Rhododendron by Kapa65, Camellia by tdfugere, Winter heather by nickyb13.
Under © CC BY-NC 2.0: American wintergreen by pverdonk
Under © CC BY-NC-ND 2.0: Azalea japonica by Toshihiro Gamo