Hebe Hebe - Home Care, Reproduction, Feeding, Transplant

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Hebe Hebe - Home Care, Reproduction, Feeding, Transplant
Hebe Hebe - Home Care, Reproduction, Feeding, Transplant
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Norichnikov family. Homeland New Zealand, Australia, South America. There are about 140 species in nature. This plant is not for ordinary city apartments, but for winter gardens and cool greenhouses. In southern Russia, some Hebe species are grown in the open field.

  • Hebe willow Hebe salicifolia is a tree-like shrub with oblong, pointed at the end leaves about 15 cm long and about 3 cm wide. The leaves are opposite, sessile, smooth, green. Numerous flowers are collected in fluffy racemose inflorescences about 20 cm long. Flowers are small 0.5-1 cm in diameter, white or purple.
  • Hebe cypress Hebe cupressoides is a small, highly branched shrub. Stems are slender, covered with tightly set leaves about 2 mm in size. Leaves are fleshy, bluish in color. The flowers are blue or pale purple, about 3-4 mm in diameter, in loose, capitate inflorescences.
  • Hebe beautiful Hebe speciosa is a tree-like shrub with elongated leathery leaves on short petioles. Leaves about 10 cm long and about 3-4 cm wide, glabrous, with slight pubescence along the central vein. The flowers are red or purple, about 1 cm in diameter, collected in multi-flowered racemose inflorescences.
  • Hebe thick-leaved Hebe pinguifolia is a small, well-branched shrub up to 40-50 cm tall. Leaves tight to each other, fleshy, oblong, pointed at the end, green-gray in color. Flowers are white, about 3-4 mm in diameter, in loose racemose inflorescences.

In culture, you can most often find hybrid varieties obtained by crossing the most different Hebe species. Most of them are grouped under the name Hebe Anderson Hebe andersonii. By the way, there are very beautiful variegated varieties.

Hebe - home care

Hebe specialosa (beautiful) grows quite vigorously and soon it needs a lot of space. To restrain the growth of the shrub, it can be pinched and pruned many times, but only immediately after a dormant period or at the end of flowering. Inflorescences are formed at the ends of young shoots.

Temperature: Hebe prefers moderate temperatures in the summer, ranging from 20-22 ° C, in winter it is much cooler - about 6-8 ° C. In too warm rooms, it drops buds and leaves. For the winter, this plant should be placed on a warmed balcony, in the summer, it should be taken out into the garden.

Lighting: hebe is light-requiring, many species do not require shading from the direct sun in summer, but gradually accustom to it in spring so that the plant does not get burned. In winter, additional artificial lighting may be required if the temperature is not low enough.

Watering: abundant in summer, the earthen lump should not dry out, but excessive dampness is also not allowed. Provide good drainage in the pot. Autumn - Winter watering is much more moderate, but depends on the ambient temperature. The colder it is, the less often you water. Before watering, touch the soil in the pot to see if it's dry enough.

Top dressing: from April to August, every two weeks with liquid fertilizers for decorative flowering plants. Fertilizer should contain more phosphorus and potassium than nitrogen. It is desirable that the fertilizer contains trace elements - boron and zinc.

Air humidity: sprayed periodically. If in summer the temperature is above 26 ° C, then spray more often, or place the pot on a wide pan of water.

Transfer: annually in the spring. Soil - 1 part sod, 2 parts leaf, 1 part peat and 1/2 part sand. The soil should be loose and not heavy. Small expanded clay and pieces of birch charcoal can be added to it.

Reproduction: seeds and stem cuttings.

From personal cultivation experience, Maria Zyryanova: "As you probably already understood, Hebe is more of a greenhouse plant than an indoor plant, and it is grown on the streets in the southern regions of Russia. But if you have a well-insulated balcony, you can easily grow Hebe in a pot, leaving until spring to winter at freezing temperatures on the balcony. If it suddenly gets very cold, you can transfer it to the staircase during frosts. If this is not possible, then you need to leave Hebe on the balcony, but carefully insulate the plant - place it in a box and wrap it in blankets. inside the box there will be a temperature of + 2 + 3 ° С and completely dry soil, then the plant will perfectly tolerate the absence of light."

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