Pour spice bark and fertilize - How to do it right

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With its intense scent the spice bark is a little star in the garden. In order to preserve the fragrance for a long time, you must pour and fertilize the spice bark regularly.

© chewintum - Fotolia.com / The spice bark is very thirsty

The spice bark (Senna corymbosa) is a true "frequent drinker" and does not handle dryness well. Nutritional requirements are also high and regular fertilization is essential during the growing season. You must not leave the plant to yourself. When you grow a spice bark, you must be aware that it needs a lot of care. In addition to watering and fertilizing, you must also regularly cut and repot the spice bark.

So pour the spice bark properly

The spice bark has a high water requirement. Regular watering is the first duty of a hobby gardener, so that this beautiful plant can unfold its full flower splendor. Under no circumstances should the root ball dry out, as the spice bark reacts to dehydration very quickly with the loss of leaves. In addition, she then no longer flowers.

In an ideal full sun location, two waterings per day may be required during the warm summer months, which should be given once in the morning and once in the evening. They do not harm the spice bark when you pour during the day, but increase your workload. In the heat, a large part of the water evaporates from the substrate without getting into the spice bark. If the pouring at lunchtime or afternoon is unavoidable for practical reasons, be sure to pour the water directly into the bucket. Drops of water on flowers and leaves look like burning glasses in the blazing sun and can actually lead to burns of the spice bark.

Important: create drainage and avoid waterlogging

Despite the high water requirement, the spice bark does not like waterlogging. You can easily tell if you exaggerated casting when the water in the lower pot stops for a long time. In this case, the substrate and the root ball are still sufficiently saturated and you can throw away the water.

Drainage of coarse material such as pebbles, pumice or expanded clay in the bucket helps to protect the spice bark against waterlogging. This is important because waterlogging can lead to root rot. Water, which reaches the drainage, runs unhindered out of the drain hole in the bucket and can not rise anymore.

Pour spice bark in winter

The water requirement of the spice bark is significantly reduced in winter. The plant then typically loses some of its leaves. The darker and cooler the winter quarters of your spice bark, the more pronounced the leaf loss will be. Fertilizer does not need the spice bark during the winter.

So you fertilize the spice bark properly

Not only the water but also the nutrient requirement of the spice bark is high. For this reason, choose nutrient-rich potting soil as a substrate and fertilize with liquid fertilizer every two weeks. During flowering, you can shorten the time interval to seven to ten days.

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