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Myrtle Care

Myrtus Communis

Light:

Myrtle prefer bright light with some direct sun. Avoid direct afternoon sun in the summer months.

Water: 

Water regularly from spring to fall, more sparingly in the winter. Soil should be kept moist but not wet.  Mist the leaves frequently.

Temperature:

Myrtle prefers a dormant period during winter, when it should be kept in a light, cool position at about 10°C. Do not put Myrtle above the fireplace or near heaters, as this will cause the plant to dry out quickly.

Fertilizer:

Feed with low nitrogen fertilizer every two weeks from spring to fall; do not feed during the winter months. Myrtle that is fertilized too often will need more pruning to maintain its shape.

Potting:

Make sure you use a rich potting soil that will retain water, yet drains well.  African Violet soil would work well. Re-pot only when necessary in the spring.

Pruning:

You can prune Myrtle in the mid-summer, after the foliage has hardened off. Trimming in the spring when the growth appears can damage the plant.

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