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Epacris Genus

Australian heath

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • Hardiness (min -11°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Epacris genus (Australian heath). These are evergreen, heath-like shrubs from Australia and New Zealand. They will bear lance-shaped to linear, mid green leaves with bell-shaped flowers. They are frost tender, min 5C and will need full sun with humus-rich well drained, neutral to acidic soil. You can water the potted plants moderately when in full growth, and less at other times. You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Shrubs

Origin

Australia and New Zealand

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

Cultivation

Flowered stems may be shortened after flowering to maintain a neat habit.

Propagation

Seed in spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Greenhouse plants may be infested with scale insects.

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