How to water the heather
Heather is characterized by the particular flowering that is concentrated in autumn or spring. For this reason, its watering must be kept constant throughout the year. As a general rule, valid for both garden and indoor plants, the heather must be watered every time the soil is dry. In fact, the plant prefers a fresh and moist soil. Despite the frequent wetting, it is always good to avoid the formation of water stagnations that could cause the marking of the roots. A very important trick is to add sand to the soil if our plant is acidophilic and we intend to avoid the formation of water stagnation. In summer, check the heather soil more if placed in the garden.
How to cure heather
Although the heather is able to bloom even in autumn, the plant is very sensitive to temperatures and suffers a lot when it reaches below 5 ° C. Therefore, if the heather is planted in the garden, it is good in winter to repair it as much as possible. The plant should be pruned immediately after flowering, shortening all the stems that carry the withered flowers. It is important to proceed with immediate pruning because a late pruning could remove most of the subsequent flowering. The heather produces many small seeds which, unfortunately, are not always fertile. So for propagation we tend to choose another process. The branches are taken from the plant, preferably not containing flowers or buds, the leaves of the lower part are cut. These branches are then immersed in a soil of peat and sand and should be watered regularly.
How to fertilize the heather
It is good to proceed with the fertilization of the heather only in summer, when the plant is growing. This process should be repeated every 15 days using a liquid fertilizer, preferably a specific fertilizer for acidophilic plants, which will be diluted in the irrigation water. The use of a fertilizer of this type helps the plant to recreate the pH with which it spreads in nature. Another trick to improve the acidity of the heather is to add limestone to the irrigation water. If it is not possible to supply demineralised water to the plant, it is possible to proceed by periodically supplying the soothing fertilizer that can restore the right amount of bio-available iron to the plants. The most suitable soil for the cultivation of heather is a mixture of equal amounts of sand and peat.
Erica: heath diseases
The main cause of heather death is found in bad cultivation methods that cause the formation of mold or rot. If the plant is placed in too sunny places, there is a risk of it drying with consequent death inside the bush. An excessively dry climate could favor the attack of scale insects and mites that ruin the foliage conspicuously. be heavily damaged, to the point of death, if poorly watered and positioned at the same time in a particularly sunny place. The plant is also prone to chlorosis, caused by the use of a calcareous soil. This disease occurs with heather discoloration.