Trees and shrubs

Caryopteris: the famous "Blue beard"


Caryopteris, also called blue spirea or blue beard, is an original shrub due to its flowering.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Caryopteris x clandonensis
Family : Verbenaceae
Type : Shrub

Height
: 1.5 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Rather rich

Foliage
: Expired -Flowering : August to October

Planting the caryopteris

Caryopteris is a flowering shrub that is best planted in the fall or spring and even in the summer if purchased in a container.

Not very resistant to frost and cold, it withstands temperatures of around -5 °

Planting period of the caryopteris:

You can plant caryopteris in the fall, provided the winter is not too harsh in your area, especially for species that are more sensitive to cold.

  • The caryopteris loves the sun.
  • By the sea, prefer a location sheltered from the wind.

How to plant the caryopteris:

The caryopteris is not too demanding when it comes to the quality of the soil, but a good plantation ensures good recovery, better development and generous flowering.

  • The caryopteris likes light and well-drained soils, even poor.
  • It is a plant that dreads too rich soils, at the risk of the foliage developing excessively to the detriment of the flowers.
  • Space each plant 50 to 80 cm in all directions.
  • Mix planting potting soil with garden soil.
  • Follow our advice planting shrubs.

Multiplication of caryopteris

The easiest and fastest technique to multiply caryopteris is the cuttings in summer.

  • Take cuttings of about 15 cm from semi-hardened stems (not yet hard).
  • Remove the bottom leaves to keep only one or 2 tier (s) of leaves.
  • Optionally soak the base in cutting hormone to improve the chances of success.
  • Plant the cuttings in special cutting soil.
  • Place the cuttings in the light, without direct sunlight.

Pruning and caring for the caryopteris

Caryopteris is a plant that requires little maintenance even if a few simple steps will allow you to prolong flowering and protect it in winter.

Resistant to drought, cold and most diseases, the caryopteris is a rustic and decorative plant.

It's also great for container growing, especially if it's freezing heavily in your area and you can shelter it from freezing in winter.

It is also in a pot that you will have to think about water when the earth is dry surface.

Maintenance in spring and summer

  1. Light mulching helps prevent weed growth and maintains moisture in the soil.
  2. Grown in pots, the addition of fertilizer for flowering plants in spring helps nourish the soil.

Maintenance in fall and winter:

  1. Prune short at the end of winter, this will allow for even more spectacular summer flowering.
  2. This severe pruning is important to maintain a compact habit and ensure a beautiful flowering.
  3. Covering the plant with a thick mulch of dried leaves helps protect it from freezing.

Caryopteris size:

As discussed above, pruning involves cutting back the caryopteris after flowering and covering the plant with a thick mulch of leaves.

If the climate in your area is harsh in winter, wait until spring to prune.

To know about the caryopteris

The caryopteris, sometimes referred to as Bluebeard, is notable for its original bloom in autumn, the color of its flowers but also for its fragrant foliage.

Offering many varieties such as White surprise or Summer sorbet, it is easily recognized by its superb variegated foliage. There are also pink varieties like Autumn pink.

It forms a bush which gives the massif roundness and color, particularly appreciated butterflies and bees which plunder it at will.

There are many hybrids of caryoptera even if the latter are reputed more sensitive to frost.

Easy to grow, however, it needs to be installed in a sheltered and sunny place. We hardly know him no disease.

Smart tip about caryopteris

The mulching will protect the caryopteris from cold and frost in winter.

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