Description<p>The genus Heather (Calluna) consists of a single species - the common heather (Calluna vulgaris), a perennial resistant plant that is often mistakenly attributed to the genus Erica (Erica). He loves sandy soils in nature, grows strongly in clearings and forms continuous thickets, is found in peat bogs. It is a low (30-70 cm high) evergreen shrub with small sessile, closely spaced sharp-scaly leaves. In late summer - autumn, numerous straight brushes of small purple, on short pedicels, simple or double flowers appear.</p> <p>Among the numerous forms and varieties there is heather with white flowers ('White'), pink ('Alexandra' and 'Dark Star'), crimson-pink ('Anne Marie' and 'Beta Elizabeth'). Decorativeness is given to the plant by the color of its leaves, the general shape and appearance. In erect and creeping cultivars, in the warm season, the leaves are silvery-gray, bright orange, red, yellow or with color transitions from light green to dark green, and in winter the leaves turn red.</p>
Cultivation: not very easy
Location: in the open sun
Temperature: resistant to both low and high temperature
Watering: regular spring-summer
Flowering time: late summer - autumn
Height: 30-70 cm, rarely up to 1 m, depending on the species
Transplanting: at the end of winter
Appearance maintenance: remove faded shoots
Heather is used for landscaping, grown in open ground for the arrangement of borders and flower beds, as well as cut flowers (the highest forms), in addition, in pots on balconies and terraces. This plant requires an acidic, preferably peaty soil, it does not tolerate liming. If the pH value - the acidity of the soil - is above 5.0, then add acidic white peat. When grown outdoors, plants are planted permanently in fall or spring. When planting plants in borders, a distance of 30-40 cm or more is left between them, depending on their intended size. To fill the pots, a mixture of peat and sand or agroperlite is used, filled with complex fertilizer at the rate of 20 g per bucket of soil.
During the spring-summer period, once every 15-20 days, fertilizers for acidophilic plants acidifying the soil are diluted in water for irrigation at the rate of 15 g per bucket.