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How to Grow Escallonia


Position – Full sun or part shade

Soil – Well-drained

Flowering Period – Summer

Hardiness –  Hardy

About Escallonia

Escallonia are evergreen shrubs that will provide glorious year-long interest. Small, glossy foliage sit beneath 5-petalled white, pink or red flowers that perch in colourful clusters throughout summer, often into early autumn. Escallonia are best suited to flower beds and borders within a coastal, cottage and informal garden setting. You should expect to see Escallonia grow to an approximate height and spread of 50cm-2m (20”-6.5’), dependant on variety.

How to plant Escallonia

Escallonia are best planted in well-drained soil of sand, clay, chalk and loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. They are best positioned in an area of full sun or part shade with protection from adverse weather conditions. Amend the planting area with a generous amount of organic matter and mix thoroughly. Dig a hole that is the same depth and twice the width of the root ball, spacing companion plants close together to form an attractive hedging feature. Water thoroughly after planting.

How to care for Escallonia

Escallonia do not require pruning but you may wish to remove old, dead or diseased foliage to retain a healthy appearance. You may also provide a light trim once the flowers have gone over to control its overall size and shape. Water thoroughly during active growth and throughout periods of drought.

How to propagate Escallonia

It is possible to propagate Escallonia by softwood cuttings during early summer, semi-hardwood cuttings during late summer or hardwood cuttings from late autumn to winter.

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