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How to Grow Heather

Calluna Germination Information

Calluna is the botanical name for Heather
Calluna Seed Germination How to Sow Calluna:
  • Sow outdoors in late fall for early spring germination, or sow indoors
  • Fresh seeds will germinate in 30-35 days if a temperature within the medium of 55-70° F is maintained
  • seeds will germinate in 30-35 days if a temperature within the medium of 55-70° F is maintained
  • maintain a temperature within the medium of 70° F during germination which takes 10-14 days
  • Heather blooms the second year from sowing
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Calluna:
Spacing: Space 12 inches apart in full sun

Soil:  Soil needs to be acid, infertile and highly organic that is well-drained. Also, keep the soil evenly moist and feed once in spring

Additional Care:  Shear in early spring and mulch the plants to help them retain moisture. These evergreen plants require no staking and tolerate wind and partial shade

Appearance and Use:

These attractive evergreen shrubs for edging, foundation planting, borders, slopes, and rock gardens are also ideal for containers or as a holiday potted plant. Upright plants 12-36 inches tall and 12-18 inches wide, range from dense and woody at their bases to more sparse and free-growing. Late summer brings 10- inch spikes of pink, purple, or white blooms. Scale-like, 1/2- to 1- inch foliage can be green, yellow, bronze, and variegated. In fall, the leaves turn bronze, red, yellow, or silver depending upon the cultivar


About Calluna:
Pronunciation:  ka-lu’na vul-gar’is
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Ericaceae; native of northern Europe
Common Name: Heather