Planting shrub veronica - notes on location & substrate


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The shrub veronika as hoe is a feast for the eyes in every garden. In order for the plant to thrive, one must pay particular attention to the site conditions.

Planting shrub veronica

The shrub veronica is commonly referred to as Hebe. Heben are among the plantain plants and owe their name to the Greek goddess of youth. The shrub veronica can reach true beauty in the bed or in the bucket.

However, some things should be considered when cultivating the native New Zealand plant. Here's how to lay the foundations for healthy plant growth with species-appropriate planting.

Finding the right location

The shrub veronica needs a very bright environment. An illuminance of up to 2,000 lux is an advantage. The bright sunlight does not get the plant. The ideal ambient temperature should not exceed 18 degrees. Most species thrive very well at temperatures around 15 degrees.

" Tip: If the shrub veronica is too warm, it will lead to leaf discoloration and leaf fall. Sagging and translucent leaves indicate too cold a location.

A sheltered location in partial shade is an advantage. The plants should not be exposed to wind and rain for a long time. The plants grow very well in the bucket on a balcony or terrace. On a shady windowsill in a non-overheated room, the plant can also be cultivated. Thereby, sufficient brightness has to be provided all year round. If the plant is too dark during the winter, diseases and pest infestation can occur. The use of plant radiators has proven itself here.

In short:

  • very bright
  • penumbra
  • no blazing midday sun
  • protected

Select the ideal substrate

The shrub veronica makes some demands on the soil. First, it is advisable to determine the pH of the soil. This should be 5.8 to 6.5. Thus, a weakly acidic substrate forms a good basis for growth.

" Tip: Commercially available potting soil can also be used for cultivation. The pH should be visible on the packaging.

If you want to be on the safe side, you can mix the right substrate yourself. Potting soil is mixed with a proportion of lava granules and quartz sand. The lime content of the soil should be as low as possible. So that it does not come to waterlogging, pay attention to the permeability of the soil.

In short:

  • permeable
  • slightly sour
  • limepoor
  • sandy
  • relaxed

Plant the shrub veronica - step by step

❶ select the appropriate location
S Clean, loosen and enrich the substrate
Aus Lift plant hole twice the size of the root ball
Einsetzen Insert plant
Auf Fill the substrate
And Press earth
Ang Water the plant well

The plantation in the field should not happen before mid-May. In areas with particularly harsh climates, it is beneficial to cultivate the plant in the bucket. Before planting, add compost to the soil. This ensures the good growth of the plant. If the shrub veronica is to be planted in groups, half the plant height must be selected as the planting distance. Heavy soils are to be loosened up. To prevent waterlogging, it is advisable to add gravel or coarse sand to the substrate. This improves the permeability of the soil. During the first months of growth, plants require frequent watering.

Cultivate the shrub veronica in the tub

Who wants to cultivate the shrub veronica in the field all year round, should live in a particularly mild region. The plants are quite sensitive to frost and need a winter quarters. The cultivation in the bucket has the advantage of being able to quickly bring the plants to a protected location or into the house when the thermometer falls.

" Tip: If the planters are placed directly in the bed in summer, the result is a pretty picture and if the weather changes, can react quickly.

When planting in the tub, a drainage layer of coarse sand or potsherds should not be missed. Container plants quickly run the risk of being affected by waterlogging. Through the drainage, the water can drain better and the plants remain healthy and strong. In a sheltered spot in the clear shade, the potted plants can spend the summer outdoors. If the thermometer falls below freezing point, the potted plants have to move into a winter quarters in the house.

What is better - bucket or field?

Planting in the field

Advantages:

  • Good growth conditions for the plant are given.
  • The roots can spread and ensure the supply of nutrients from deeper soil layers.
  • The care effort is lower than in the tub planting.

Disadvantage:

  • Outdoor planting can only be recommended for mild regions.
  • The shrub veronica is quite freezing.

Planting in a bucket

Advantages:

  • With the tub planting a flower decoration for balcony or terrace is found.
  • The planters can also be placed directly in the bed.

Disadvantage:

  • Extra purchase costs for suitable planters are necessary.
  • A winter quarters for the plants must be found in the house.
  • Container plants are relatively maintenance-intensive and must be regularly poured and fertilized.

Repot the shrub veronica

The right time to repot the shrub veronica is spring. The plants should never be repotted during flowering. Young plants are more often converted into larger planters, also promotes a soil exchange growth. Older plants repot about every two to three years.

The attentive hobby gardener quickly recognizes when the plants urgently need a new planter.

Then indicate:

  • a completely rooted plant pot
  • Root braid, which protrudes from the bottom of the pot
  • a dense root ball
  • There is hardly any potting soil left.
  • The plant shows signs of disease or has been attacked by pests.

" Tip: The new planter should only exceed the old plant pot by a few centimeters. Too large plant pots blühfaule plants could have the effect, as the Hebe then mainly focused on the formation of roots.

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