St. John’s wort (Hypericum spp.) is a plant in the family Hypericaceae. The common name “St John’s wort”; may be used to refer to some species of the genus Hypericumis. It’s a shrub with flowers which have a burst of long, showy stamen in the center. The blossoms last until fall, and berries follow them. St. John’s wort plant maintenance is a breeze, so let us find out how easy it is to grow those delightful shrubs.
This plant can be planted in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 or 6 to 10 and possess a partly shaded site. The plant isn’t confident about the soil type. It grows well in clay, sand, rocky soil or loam, and tolerates acidic to slightly alkaline pH. St. John’s wort adheres to both moist and dry soil, and also tolerates occasional flooding. It also withstands drought but grows best with irrigation. You won’t find a plant that can thrive in more situations.
How to Grow St. John’s Wort
Growing St. John’s wort herb at a location with too much sunlight can result in leaf scorch, while too much shade lowers the number of blossoms. The best place is a little color in the hottest part of the afternoon and just one with morning sunlight that is bright.
If your soil is not particularly fertile, prepare the mattress before transplanting. Spread about two inches of compost or rotted manure and dig it into a depth of at least 8 inches. Transplant the shrubs into the garden, setting their containers at which they climbed in height. They grow only 1 to 3 ft tall with a spread of 1.5-2 ft, so space them 24-36 inches apart.
Water slowly and deeply after planting until the transplants are well-established, and keep the soil moist. As soon as establish, the flowers need no care, and this also makes them ideal for areas. Where you don’t need to obstruct the view, you can also use it or to mark boundaries and pathways. Other applications include rock gardens containers and foundation plantings.
The species crops self-seed and may become weedy, especially prevalent St. John’s wort (H. perforatum). Ornamental cultivars are. Here are a few varieties you might want to try:
1. H. x moserianum ‘Tricolor’ -This variety is known for its variegated leaves with a rainbow of color that includes pink, cream, red, and green.
2. H. frondosum ‘Sunburst’ -This is one of those cultivars that may take winter temperatures down to zone 5. It creates a mound as many as 2 feet in diameter.
3. The Hypearls series involves the cultivars ‘Olivia’, ‘Renu,’ ‘Jacqueline’ and ‘Jessica.’ This set is one of the best for climates. 4. H. calycinum “Brigadoon” -The blossoms on this cultivar are not as conspicuous as some of the others, however, it’s chartreuse foliage that turns gold orange in bright sunlight.