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Plant heathers in acid or neutral soil, where there are no overhanging trees. The soil should be pre-prepared, with all perennial weeds removed. Peat and bonemeal should be added to the top couple of inches of soil. Mulch bare ground between heathers with peat. Cut back older plants and top dress with peat.

Buy plants at Crocus.

June

Take cuttings from the new growth on winter-flowering heathers. Trim back the heathers and apply a peat mulch.

July

Heathers should be looking after themselves more or less at the moment – get rid of any weeds and perhaps add a peat mulch if not done so already.

August

Your heather stock can be significantly multiplied for no cost by taking cuttings this month from the new growth available at the tips of sideshoots.

Buy plants at Crocus.

September

Choose and prepare ground for heathers, away from overhanging trees. Add a couple of inches of compost and some bonemeal, mixing well with the topsoil. October and November are ideal months to plant heathers.

October

All types of heather can be planted this month if the ground is not frozen or completely waterlogged. Heathers prefer a completely open aspect with no overhanging trees. Virtually all heathers will need a neutral or acid soil - if it is borderline you will need to add peat to the soil and be prepared to do so regularly in the future to maintain good heathers. When planting make sure you set the plants deeply in the soil - the lower branches should be resting on the soil - they are used to open moorland in their natural habitat and grow close to the ground so that they are not uprooted by strong winds.

November

Heathers can be planted if the weather is favourable. Check any that you have planted recently, firming in again if necessary and removing weeds.

Buy plants at Crocus.

December

Unless you already have heathers ready to plant it would be best not to buy or lift any more until Spring but they can still be planted if the ground is not too wet. Keep the area around plants weed free and lightly trim plants which have flowered.

January

Check and firm the soil around the base of plants after frost. You can still plant heathers if the ground is not waterlogged but any transplanting is best avoided for the time being.

February

You will need to keep an eye on newly planted heathers and firm them back into place if the wind or frost has disturbed them at all. If you are really keen to get started you can plant this month if the ground conditions are suitable (not waterlogged or frozen) but next month is preferable for new planting.

Buy plants at Crocus.

March

Heathers can be planted over the next couple of months. Choose an open position, preferably with neutral or acidic soil. Dig over the ground, adding peat and removing any perennial weeds. Space the plants 12-18 in. apart, depending on variety. Heathers can be propagated by layering or taking heel cuttings.

April

The planting of heathers should be completed this month. Propagating by layering or heel cuttings is still possible. Once heathers have finished flowering, give them a haircut!


Gardening information, hints and tips on how to grow heathers in your garden including planting, site preparation, taking cuttings and general care advice.