All about the céanothe, the other honey-flavored lilac
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The Ceanothus is a deciduous or evergreen shrub to the beautiful and fragrant flowering. His flowers are going from white to deep blue and his honey scent attracts bees and butterflies. It can be installed as an isolated shrub, hedge or to accompany other plants such as the orange tree of Mexico or a rose bush in a massif. The cénéothe easily cultivated in all regions with mild climate. It can withstand temperatures down to -10 ° C but must be protected during the winter with mulch. The evergreen ceanothe can form magnificent hedges several meters high while the summer ceanothe animates the massifs until the heart of autumn.
The Ceanothus is a splendid shrub deserving a place of choice in the gardens. Easy to grow, it grows quickly and without risk of disease. Book him a sunny location to enjoy its honey scents. Our practical tips will help novice and experienced gardeners to cultivate the Ceanothus with success in their garden and on their terrace.
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Plantation of the céanothe
The evergreen ceanothe settles in very light lands, warming up easily and in full sunl. Plan a spring plantation when the earth is a less cold. Dig wide planting holes, add a layer of gravel for drainage and a layer of decomposed manure. If your land is heavy, lighten it with peat muck or sand. Soak the céanothe mound in a bucket filled with water and install it in the center of the plantation pit. Fill the hole with lighter peat soil, do not overpack and water copiously. Respect a distance of about 3 meters between each shrub.
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The pot ceanothe
The cénéothe lends itself well to growing in pots, bins or planters. Proceed as for planting in the ground and plan a good drainage at the bottom of the pots. Install the pots of oceanos in full sun and sheltered from cold drafts. Straw the pots in winter if you fear strong frosts. If the pots are not too heavy, move them to areas protected from frost.
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Size and maintenance of the céanothe
Cut very slightly the persistent oceanos in the spring if the silhouette of the tree needs to be rectified. On the other hand, for deciduous oceanos, prune them in autumn after flowering. If you fear very cold winters, straw widely around the shrubs' feet.
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Watering and fertilizer céanothe
Water copiously at the plantation. The ceanothe did no need for much watering, especially in humid climates. No fertilizer needed during the flowering period. In autumn, add a handful of compost and light potting soil at the bottom of the oceanos.
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Diseases and parasites affecting the céanothe
The ceanothe is a shrub disease-resistant. It can be attacked by mealybugs against which one fights with sprays of black soap. On the other hand, if the soil is too calcareous, leaves with chlorosis may yellow and fall. In this case, add peat muck to the base of the shrubs.
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To know about the céanothe
The ceanothe is a shrub very floriferous and attracting bees. Its honey scent is delicious. To enjoy it without taking risks, plant several shrubs, a bit far from home.
The varieties of oceanos to choose
In cold climates, prefer deciduous oceanos to beautiful lavender-blue flowers; they suffer less from the cold than the persistent oceanos. Opt for the canticothe 'glory of Versailles' with pale blue panicles or for the amazing 'Marie Simon' with pink flowers.
For plantation in tanks, opt for the ceanoth thyrsyflorus repens. Its spreading habit and its deep blue flowers are perfect for livening up a terrace.
In regions with mild climate, install a ceanothe 'Concha', a large deep blue shrub, against a wall well oriented and sheltered from the wind. It can form hedges 3 meters high.
Finally, if you prefer white, adopt the ceanothe 'Millerton Point', a small creamy white shrub with honey scent.
Tip of the gardener on the céanothe
If you live in a region likely to heavy frosts or snow, protect the céanothe in winter, especially the céneothe evergreen. Sweep the snow if it covers the foliage of shrubs and cover them with a wintering veil in case of frost. The cold quickly browns the leaves and you will have to cut them in the spring. If this happens every year, the shrub can wither and in any case not grow harmoniously.