Italian Heather: A Blooming Beauty
If youâ€™re looking for a unique plant to surprise Mom this Motherâ€™s Day, a beautiful, blossoming Italian heather might be just the thing. This plant is native to South Africa, but you can find it in the Floral department at your local store.
Italian heather (scientific name Erica Ventricosa) has many pink blooms nestled atop woody green foliage. When flowering, tubular blossoms fill the whole plant with color! This plant is slow growing, with small, needle-like leaves that disappear when the blooms appear and regrow after the blooms subside.
How to care for Italian Heather:
- Light: Place your plant in moderate light at a moderate temperature (60-80Â° F). Give the plant more light in cooler temperatures (below 50Â° F) and less light in warmer temperatures (above 80Â° F).
- Water and soil: Italian heather requires acidic soil and excellent drainage. Planting in sandy soil with peat moss and compost is ideal. Avoid heavy clay, and also try to avoid standing water on the roots or absolute dryness.
- Fertilizer: If your plant loses color, lightly feed it with acidic plant food in the early spring, or apply iron sulfate.
- Climate: Italian heather is considered a perennial only in moderate climates. Frost and cold winds will harm the plant and reduce its chances of surviving.