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How to Grow Heliotropium

Heliotropium

Position – Full sun or part shade

Soil – Fertile, moist and well-drained

Flowering Period – May to october

Hardiness –  Half hardy to tender (dependent on variety)

About Heliotropium


Heliotropium are annuals, perennials, sub-shrubs or shrubs displaying attractive foliage, each showcasing beautiful and finely etched veins, dark slender stems and clusters of small and often sweetly scented blooms. Heliotropium are best suited to flower beds and borders within courtyard, cottage and informal garden settings. You should expect to see Heliotropium grow to an approximate height and spread of 45cm.

How to plant Heliotropium


Heliotropium are best planted in fertile, moist and well-drained soil. Due to a low level of hardiness it is possible to keep your Heliotropium in a greenhouse or within your home as a house plant. If kept within the home or under glass, you should grow your plants in loam based compost in full sunlight. If you are to position Heliotropium outdoors, grow in any moist, well-draining soil in full sun.

How to care for Heliotropium


Heliotropium should be watered at a controlled rate during active growth, yet the soil must be kept moist – this implies to plants grown both indoors and outdoors. During winter, it is necessary to keep the root ball moist to promote improved growth for varieties that are due to re-appear next season. Ensure you apply a balanced fertiliser once a month to encourage optimum health and growth.

How to propagate Heliotropium


It is possible to propagate Heliotropium by seed sown in containers during the spring. Alternatively, you may wish to take softwood cuttings or semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

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