Rose Heath Erica Gracilis is a native of South Africa. A woody shrub with needle-like green leaves grows upto a height of 18 inches. The side-shoots bear bell-shaped flowers in pink, purple or white during September to December.
The Rose Heath thrives in bright but indirect sunlight. The plant needs abundant water through out the year, care should be taken to keep the soil always damp. For moisture spray the foliage frequently and pace the pot in a bowl of wet gravel. A dose of liquid fertilizer every fortnight between May to September is recommended. The ideal potting mixture for Rose Heath of 2 parts peat and one part fine sand. The plant is generally grown as an annual and is discarded after flowering.
The plant can be multiplied through cuttings in March. One to two and a half inch cuttings should be buried in a pot filled with peat, sand and crocks. Cover the pot with polythene and wait till rooting takes place. A difficult plant to propagate indoors.
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