Heliotrope Marine Purple

Blooming Season: Spring, summer, fall

Plant Habit: Mounded

Characteristics: Fragrant

Water: Medium

Fertilize: Every two weeks

Height: 15 - 20"

Width: 15" - 20"

Exposure: Part Sun to Sun

General Information: 

Heliotrope, scientifically known as Heliotropium arborescens, is a popular choice among gardeners due to its enchanting fragrance and vibrant clusters of flowers. The fragrance is reminiscent of vanilla. 

1. Sunlight and Temperature:

Heliotrope thrives in full sunlight, requiring at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day. It prefers warm temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C). Ensure that you choose a location in your garden that receives ample sunlight and provides protection from strong winds.

2. Soil Preparation:

Heliotrope prefers well-draining soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.5. Before planting, enrich the soil with organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure to improve its fertility and drainage. This will create an ideal environment for the roots to establish and grow. It is very suitable for planting in containers as well.


3. Watering:

Heliotrope requires regular watering to keep the soil consistently moist. However, avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot. Water the plant deeply once or twice a week, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. Mulching around the base of the plant can help retain moisture and suppress weed growth.

4. Fertilization:

Feed your heliotrope plant with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer once a month during the growing season. This will provide the necessary nutrients for healthy growth and abundant flowering. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates and methods.


5. Pests and Diseases:

Heliotrope is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, keep an eye out for common garden pests such as aphids and spider mites. If necessary, treat the infestation with organic insecticides or insecticidal soaps, following the instructions on the product label. 



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