The shrub veronica, botanically Hebe, is actually quite easy to care for. Nevertheless, there are a few things to consider when watering, fertilizing and cutting.
The shrub veronica (Hebe) is a flowering shrub that is becoming increasingly popular in our latitudes. The evergreen plants that grow up to 1.5 meters tall originally come from New Zealand. The botanical name lifting is based on Greek mythology and corresponds to the goddess of youth.
The shrub veronica, cultivated in local beds and planters, grows to heights of between 20 and 40 centimeters. A distinction is made between large-leaved late bloomers and the rather small-leaved summer bloomers.
➞ Tip: If the shrub veronica has small leaves, the plant tolerates cold better than large-leaved species.
The Care of shrub veronica is not a big challenge, but some things typical of plants should be considered. Helpful care tips for healthy plant growth are now described in more detail.
❶ Water the shrub veronica properly
The shrub veronica likes it moist. So the floor should not dry out if possible. Watering is therefore carried out regularly. The top layer of soil may dry out slightly between watering. Watering is plentiful. The water may accumulate briefly in the planter or saucer, but should be poured off after a few minutes, because the plants cannot tolerate waterlogging. An increased air humidity is an advantage, this should be around 70% and never drop below 50%.
➞ Tip: If the leaves get brown tips, this indicates that the location is too dry and the humidity is too low. The risk of being too dry is particularly high during the heating season.
Watering shrub veronica in brief:
- water regularly
- keep evenly moist
- Remove water from the coaster or planter
- spray regularly
- Do not place houseplants over the heater
❷ Fertilize the shrub veronica properly
The plants receive fertilizer regularly during the growth phase. Commercial liquid fertilizer for flowering plants can be added directly to the irrigation water. Fertilization at intervals of 14 days is sufficient.
➞ Attention! The shrub veronica should be fertilized between October and March. This corresponds to the natural growth rhythm of the plant from New Zealand.
The nutritional needs of the plants can be regarded as moderate. To avoid over-supplying the shrub veronica, the fertilizer should be used in a low concentration.
Plant veronica fertilize in key words:
- during the growth phase
- at fortnightly intervals
- Use commercially available flowering plant fertilizer in a low concentration
❸ Cut the shrub veronica
The small shrubs are very well tolerated by pruning. The right time to cut back is spring. Alternatively, you can cut in autumn, immediately after flowering. On this occasion, shoots that are too long are shortened by 2/3.
➞ Tip: A sharp knife is sufficient for trimming young shoots. Already woody shoots are cut with pruning shears. Pruning shears are used for thick shoots.
If the cut of the shrub veronica is neglected, the plants tend to become bald. The lower area of the plant is then not adequately supplied with light. Regular cutting measures are better tolerated than radical cutting. If you want to give your shrub veronica a topiary, you should aim for the round or oval shape.
Care measures and location - advantages and disadvantages
|Shrub veronica in the field||"The maintenance requirements of the outdoor plant are low.|
"The plants supply themselves with water and nutrients from the ground.
"The shrub veronica is particularly attractive in the bed and can also be used for group plantings.
|"The plants cannot be left in the bed all year round because they are not hardy.|
"If the wrong location is chosen, the plant shows susceptibility to diseases and pests.
|Shrub veronica in a bucket||"As a container plant, the shrub veronica adorns the balcony or terrace.|
"If the temperatures drop, the plants don't have to be dug up first, but can move to the winter quarters in the planter.
|"The position in the bucket is very maintenance-intensive.|
"Container plants need to be watered and fertilized regularly.
"The risk of waterlogging is particularly high.
"Since the space and nutrients available in the bucket appear to be limited, shrub veronica in the bucket is often repotted.
|Shrub veronica as a houseplant||"The plant is an attractive interior decoration.|
"Year-round cultivation on the window sill is possible.
"The maintenance effort is very low.
|"The plants don't like overheated rooms. Dry heating air is not tolerated.|
"In winter, you have to find accommodation in a less heated room.
❹ An overview of some types of shrub veronica
- Shrub veronica Variegata
This type of lifting can grow up to one meter in height and is therefore good for the bucket, but less suitable for the balcony box. The yellowish to white-colored leaf color catches the eye. In summer, the pretty light purple flowers are added.
- Shrub Veronica Emerald Green
The shrub veronica Emerald Green has deep green leaves, which are arranged particularly densely. In early summer, the white flowers create atmospheric contrasts.
- Shrub veronica speciosa
This shrub grows up to two meters high. The plant has comparatively large and thick leaves. The purple flowers appear in July.
- Shrub veronica James Stirling
This shrub veronica is ideal for the window box or for the window sill. The plants do not grow taller than 20 centimeters. The small and very closely spaced leaves, which appear lush green to golden, are characteristic. Since this species appears less sensitive to frost, the shrub veronica James Stirling is also suitable for the rock garden or as an underplant.