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Features hypericum plant

The hypericum plant is a herbaceous that grows in the wild both in Europe and in Asia. It looks like a perennial, and semi-evergreen plant, since it retains green leaves all year round, except in autumn when they can turn reddish and fall in small quantities. It develops long branches so as to create compact rugs with not exceeding the height of thirty centimeters. The stem of the plant is generally brown in color while the leaves are oval in shape with a color tending to dark green. In spring the plant blooms, producing star-shaped yellow flowers with rather large yellow stamens. This is the appearance of the wild plant while if potted the hypericum hydcote with a shrubby stem is used that can even reach forty centimeters in height. The problem that arises with this plant is that if grown in the garden over time it can become weed. For this reason, drastic pruning must be practiced in autumn to limit its growth.


Growing hypericum plant

Cultivating the hypericum plant is an excellent solution to embellish a garden or a simple flowerbed. All specimens prefer a sunny position, but they can also be grown in shady areas. Growth does not slow down but flower production decreases. The best climate is the temperate one even if the plant is not afraid of the cold. In very cold winters it can lose all its foliage, then developing it again with the arrival of the summer. As a spontaneous plant, it does not need to be watered frequently so much that it can survive even with rainwater. In the presence of hot climates, however, it is advisable to irrigate it when the soil is completely dry. For its fertilization it is sufficient to use the classic organic fertilizer to fertilize the soil. The plant grows easily in simple garden soil as long as it is fairly drained. In this regard, sand from drainage can be added in order to avoid stagnation. The plant is hardly attacked by pests but it can happen that it is hit by oid or rust.

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