Hebe Aftercare Advice
Hebes are fantastic shrubs and will thrive for many years showing their vibrant foliage and colourful flowers. Please follow our Garden Beauty planting guide to make sure your plants will look healthy and thriving.
Sun exposure: Full Sun to Semi-shade
Hebes grow best in full sun but also tolerate semi-shade. Choose a spot with at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight. If you plant your hebe in a place with low light conditions, the plant will become leggy and may not produce flowers.
Soil: Loose, well-draining & slightly acidic to slightly alkaline
Almost any UK garden soil type is fine enough for hebes. Please make sure you mix the ground with potting mix or organic matter to enrich nutrients in the soil. Hebes grow best in well-drained soils and may rotten in water-logged or soggy soils.
Water needs: Medium
Hebes love moist soil. Please make sure the soil never dries out. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions
How to take care of Hebes
Do you want to know how to care for hebes? Read our step-by-step guide. Hebes are semi-evergreen plants that prefer living in shaded conditions. They can grow to heights of up to 3 feet and produce clusters of reddish-purple flowers at the top, which typically bloom from April through June. Hebes are low-maintenance plants, but they do require some extra care during the winter months. To help you, we’ve created a guide below with all the key information about how to care for your hebe plant.
First of all, you don’t have to have a green thumb to grow hebes. Hebes grow best in full sun but will also grow well in semi-shade. Choose a spot with at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight. If you plant your hebe in a spot with very low light conditions, the plant will become leggy and may not produce flowers.
It is important to find a high-quality soil for your hebe plant. Hebe’s love Loose, well-draining & slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil. This is important for the health of your plant and for allowing the plant to thrive. Hebes thrive in soil with plenty of nitrogen and phosphorus, as well as organic matter. Choose a soil with 1 to 3 percent organic matter for best results.
This is one of the key factors that determines how well your hebe plant will grow. Hebes prefer to be planted close together, but they are adaptable and can grow in large groups. They also do better in containers than in the ground.
Hebes are perfect for low maintenance gardening. They are easy to care for and require average watering. Hebes will need watering several times a week, to keep the soil from drying out. Hebes love moist soil. Please make sure the soil never dries out. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions. You shouldn’t apply water to your hebe plants when the soil is still wet. Let the water from the rain settle in the soil before you water your plants again.
In the winter, you should fertilize your hebe plant once a month. Simply apply a quarter-teaspoon of high-nitrogen fertilizer. The fertilizer is most helpful for hebe plants if it is applied to the leaves and not to the crown. The fertilizer contains rich nitrogen, so it helps promote healthy foliage.
Pruning does not necessarily equate to removal of the flower clusters. All hebe plants have flowers, which means there’s no need to remove them until late summer. Do prune any stems that are beginning to outgrow the plant. Backwood pruning will help you to make sure you only remove the flower clusters as the flowers begin to fade.
Hebe pests and Diseases
The top three problems that appear to hebes are susceptible during the winter months:
- spider mites
To prevent these pests and diseases from harming your hebe plant, you need to keep an eye on your hebe plants at all times. Preventing pest infestations can be a bit difficult and expensive, so consider using the following tips.
Some hebes are susceptible to aphids and whiteflies, and both pests can be controlled using natural remedies. Beeswax can be applied to the hebes to prevent aphids from attaching to the plants. To do this, carefully apply beeswax to all areas of the plant. Remove any that remain. You can also use boric acid, which can also be applied to hebes. Be sure to rinse off the beeswax.