ERICA (commonly known as Heather or
Bursting forth in splendor, the Erica with its upright
plumes of brilliant blossoms can be described, truly, as
simply elegant. The colorful blossoms vary in size and
shape (depending on the variety) from tiny to several inches
in length but all the blossoms are exquisite in shape and
detail. hana bay flowers heather
comes in colors ranging from white to very dark pink and
some of the varieties even have a delicate fragrance which
people find quite refreshing.
Ericas are native to South Africa ; many species originate
from the Cape Peninsula . From the mention of “ereike” by
some of the early Greek writers, it is known that the areas
around the Mediterranean Sea have also been a habitat of
the Erica for thousands of years.
In Europe , primarily in Germany where the climate is
mild, Ericas and Callunas are used extensively in landscaping.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a suitable climate
zone, imagine what a planting of 20-30 lovely heather plants
could do for your yard . . . something to consider!
Temperature ~ 33°-75° F.
Cooler temperatures are preferred but will not tolerate
Light ~ Bright light
to full sun.
Water ~ Always keep
soil wet but not soggy. Does not tolerate
~ None while in bloom. During
growth phase, light feed with an acidic type
~ Acidic peat moss and sand. Must
be well drained.
Garden Suitability/USDA Zone(s)
Zone 9 and cooler parts of zone 10 only.
Primarily for indoor use or if you like, keep
as a dry potted plant.
After the blooms fade, the heather can be planted in
the ground in a full sun area (in the appropriate climate
zone.) In warmer climates, plant in lightly shaded areas.
After blossoms have faded, cut the plant back without cutting
into leafless wood. Periodic feeding with iron sulfate
will keep the pH acidic but discontinue this before buds
appear. Ericas cannot tolerate freezing temperatures; therefore,
they would not survive outdoors in cold areas.
The Erica can continue to be grown in a pot even after
the blooms have faded but be forewarned . . . it is not
easy to do so for very long. Proper watering becomes especially
important and over watering or delayed watering even by
a few hours, can result in the plant’s demise. But
if this happens, all is not lost. See under Life After
LIFE AFTER DEATH
If you would like to preserve the blooms
for a prolonged period (or if the plant inadvertently dies,)
leave the plant in the pot and allow the soil to dry completely.
The plant will die but the colorful blooms can be enjoyed
for months as dried flowers as long as the plant is not
disturbed. Touching the dried blossoms will cause them
to drop so handle carefully. We know of no method or technique,
which will keep the dried blossoms intact, but if you do,
we would love to hear from you.
Our Erica is grown primarily as an indoor blooming plant
and any success you have growing it beyond this initial
enjoyment period should be considered a secondary value
achieved only through your horticultural skill!
Ericas can be rather tricky to grow but in all fairness
to this plant, there are many hillsides around this San
Francisco coastal community (where our Ericas are grown),
which abound in heather! Some have been growing “wild” on
the hills for decades and when they bloom, the hillsides
resemble a lovely Monet painting!
PLANT SELECTION GUIDE
The different Erica varieties we grow:
|| Blossoms type
||Tiny bell-shaped, dark purplish-pink flowers
||Mid-Jan. thru Feb.
||Bushy, light orchid-pink-bell-shaped flowers
||Oct. thru Nov.
||Same as “Heidi” but slightly lighter
Tiny white bell type flowers on Christmas tree
cone shaped plant
When purchasing an Erica in bloom, look for a plant that
looks lush and is covered with blossoms. The blossoms should
be abundant and feel soft and supple. Feel the soil. .
It must be moist but not soggy. Avoid wilted or dry plants
since most likely, watering will not revive it.
appreciate hearing from you, the consumer, to hear how
one of our plants may have touched your life. We also appreciate
the opportunity it gives us to pass on information that
will enhance your enjoyment of a plant. We hope this gives
you a little more knowledge about the heather and will
encourage you to look for it as well as our many other
products wherever quality plants are sold. We at hana
bay flowers continually strive to produce
the finest plants possible in our effort to Bring Beauty
to Life . . . to your life!