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How to Grow Callicarpa


Position – Full sun or part shade

Soil – Fertile,well-drained

Flowering Period – Summer

Hardiness –  Fully hardy or hardy (dependent on variety)

About Callicarpa

Callicarpa are evergreen or deciduous shrubs that fashion simple bronze and purple foliage in the autumn and a bright green shade in the summer. This unique foliage is adorned with either tiny white, pink or purple flowers followed by small, colourful fruits. They are best suited to flower beds and borders within cottage and informal garden settings or alternatively they make fantastic cut flowers for within the home. You should expect Callicarpa to grow to an approximate height and spread of 1.8m (6’).

How to plant Callicarpa

Callicarpa are best planted in well-drained soil of chalk, clay, sand or loam based soil within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. They will thrive in full sunlight where you will see maximum flowering and berry production although they will tolerate a position of dappled shade. Ensure that the soil has been supplemented with a generous amount of compost or organic matter at the time of planting to improve drainage and water once in position.

How to care for Callicarpa

During the first season of growth you should water your Callicarpa regularly and thoroughly. A balanced, liquid fertiliser should be applied lightly every month to ensure optimum health and growth. Prune back the stems in the early spring to leave a framework that should aid in the shaping of your plant.

How to propagate Callicarpa

You can propagate Callicarpa by seed from September to May. Alternatively, you can propagate by softwood cuttings or semi-hardwood cuttings.

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