How Do You Plant The Flowering Plant Called Heather?
Heather adds evergreen foliage to the landscape. This grassy shrub also produces an abundance of small pink or red flowers through the summer months. A cold-tolerant plant, heather survives periods of freezing weather but may require protection during prolonged cold snaps. It grows best in mild areas and does not survive extended periods of hot weather. Heather requires little maintenance when grown in the proper type of soil. Plant heather from healthy nursery plants, as the seeds are slow to start and do not always germinate well. Check the soil for acidity. Purchase a soil testing kit, available from garden centers or extension offices. Follow the instructions included with the kit, as these differ between manufacturers. Adjust the acidity, or soil pH, of the planting area so it is between 4.0 and 6.0. Add sulfur, available at garden centers, to reduce the pH to this range. Apply it at the rate indicated by the soil test. Dig the planting hole to the same depth as the nursery pot th