Trees and shrubs

Carpenteria Californica: superb white


Carpenteria californica is a very beautiful spring flowering shrub.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Carpenteria californica
Family : Hydrangeaceae
Type : Flowering shrub

Height
: 1 to 2 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary

Foliage
: Persistent -Flowering : May to August

Still uncommon, here are the tips for planting and caring for carpenteria californica.

Planting carpenteria californica

For the planting carpenteria californica, it's better to plant in spring in the event of severe winter in your region.

Elsewhere, we canplant in the fall in order to promote rooting and resumption in spring.

You can also plant the potted carpenteria californica outside this period by avoiding periods of frost or strong heat.

> Carpenteria californica likes full sun.
> It appreciates situations sheltered from strong winds in order to flower better.
> It likes rather rich and well-drained soils, this is where it flowers best.
> The addition of a manure and algae type amendment or fertilizer during planting improves recovery and rooting.
> Water well during the first 2 years after planting.

Propagation and cuttings of carpenteria californica

Carpenteria californica easily multiplies by cuttings of Augusted twigs, this is the easiest method of multiplication.

Carpenteria californica cuttings take place in summer, when the wood hardens, that is, not too green but not yet completely brown.

  • Take carpenteria californica twigs about 15-20 cm long.
  • Remove the bottom leaves so that only one or 2 pair (s) of leaves are left.
  • Plant the cuttings in special cutting soil or a mixture of peat and river sand.
  • Keep the soil slightly moist without it being flooded.

Protect your cuttings before winter,

  • Protect your cuttings from carpenteria californica with a tunnel, greenhouse or any other means to keep them at a temperature above 5 °.

Transplant in spring,

  • After any risk of frost, around mid-May, transplant into a larger pot.
  • Planting your Carpenteria californica cuttings in the ground will take place the following fall.

> To read also: understand the technique of cuttings

Pruning and caring for carpenteria californica

Once in place, carpenteria californica requires very little maintenance and care is minimal. However, you can prune and water it to improve flowering and growth.

Carpenteria californica size:

  • Carpenteria californica is pruned after flowering.
  • Prune the twigs of the year, about 1/3, after flowering.
  • A pruned carpenteria californica will be more dense and will therefore have a more generous flowering.

Watering the carpenteria californica and adding fertilizer:

Regular watering during the year of planting is recommended to promote rooting

  • In summer, in case of strong heat or drought, you can water in the morning or in the evening
  • Carpenteria californica does not like soils that are too waterlogged.

Specific needs of carpenteria californica in pots:

  • For potted carpenteria californica, watering is necessary when the soil becomes dry because the needs are greater than in the ground.
  • At the end of winter, adding fertilizer for flowering shrubs will significantly improve flowering.
  • Over time, the needs can become more and more important, it will be necessary to repeat the operation 2 to 3 times in the year.

To know about the carpenteria californica

Of Californian origin, as its name suggests, the carpenteria californica has very bushy vegetation and a very beautiful flowering in spring which will last until early summer.

It was in 1849, in the Sierra Nevada that the first specimen was discovered by Fremont who gave it this name in homage to William Carpenter, a great British naturalist.

This shrub is very decorative and no less rustic (about -13 °), which makes it a very easy and accessible shrub for all gardeners.

Both original and very floriferous, the carpenteria californica could quickly become one of the most remarkable shrubs in your garden or on your terrace.

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Video: Come to Carpinteria, CA (October 2020).